If anyone were in a position to know, then the spur would have to have been the result of an event half a year ago, rather than the party’s handling of Brexit now.
Back to the backstop.
Some Tories believe they could elect a new prime minister amongst themselves – before giving members a say in a year’s time.
It’s no secret that the DUP could accept a customs union or Norway-style Brexit. But it can’t let Tory Brexiteers know that.
A further six junior ministers have also asked their local parties to be ready for a contest.
The Prime Minister’s public standing is stronger, but privately problems are brewing within the Conservative Party.
That’s the claim that some in the government have made.
The Prime Minister has renewed her appeal to the leader of the opposition to join Brexit talks.
Jeremy Corbyn has asked the Prime Minister to take no deal off the table. But it isn’t wholly in her gift.
It would take just days to construct a political declaration that dropped the UK’s red line and, instead, pointed towards staying in the single market.
Vince Cable hasn’t yet managed to steer a course through the problem.