Alex Wickham (@alexwickham )

Alex Wickham

Bio Senior political correspondent @BuzzFeedUK alex.wickham@buzzfeed.com or DM me
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TweetDeck : There's the excuse MPs need to oppose the programme motion — Regulatory Policy Committee says it can't provide a firm conclusion on the WAB because of insufficient and rushed evidence from the govt twitter.com/AlbertoNardell…

TweetDeck : Great @ft summary on the contentious elements of the WAB bill
- Provision to prevent extension of transition, even tho few experts believe FTA will be done by Dec 2020
- Power grab for ministers over Northern Ireland
- A Commons vote on “divorce bill”

ft.com/content/afac5e…

TweetDeck : From us today:

— Johnson allies threaten election if deal is softened, but fear programme motion rather than customs union: buzzfeed.com/alexwickham/bo…

— Brexit explained for normal people: buzzfeed.com/alexwickham/pa…

— Tory ex-CU backers now voting against: buzzfeed.com/alexwickham/cu…

TweetDeck : So the WAB is published publications.parliament.uk/pa/bills/cbill…

Twitter will be awash with analysis, but I'm going to stick to pointing out some of the key bits for now.

iPhone : From us today:

— Johnson allies threaten election if deal is softened, but fear programme motion rather than customs union: buzzfeed.com/alexwickham/bo…

— Brexit explained for normal people: buzzfeed.com/alexwickham/pa…

— Tory ex-CU backers now voting against: buzzfeed.com/alexwickham/cu…

TweetDeck : Andrew Mitchell voted for a customs union in April — he will now vote against one this week. "Very different circumstances" he says buzzfeed.com/alexwickham/cu…

TweetDeck : Govt source says the Tories would then campaign claiming

— Johnson got a deal with the EU that his opponents said was impossible
— he removed the backstop
— that Labour and Parliament blocked Brexit from happening

buzzfeed.com/alexwickham/bo…

TweetDeck : — Government sources said this scenario would put the UK on course for a general election at the end of November

— Conservative Campaign Headquarters has been put on full election footing, with ministerial aides briefed on key campaign messages

buzzfeed.com/alexwickham/bo…

TweetDeck : The election argument made by some senior aides goes

— if WAB is blocked or amended then agree an extension that gives time for an election but not a ref
— EU say extension is conditional on UK holding a democratic event
— so Labour can't stop election

buzzfeed.com/alexwickham/bo…

TweetDeck : Johnson's top team is divided over what to do if a customs union amendment succeeds

— some saying the PM should suck it up, proceed with the WAB and overturn CU later
— others saying he should pull the WAB, extend, have election

buzzfeed.com/alexwickham/bo…

TweetDeck : NEW: Boris Johnson's allies are confident they can defeat customs union and second ref amendments

— whips more worried about losing programme motion over inflammatory timetable
— and an amendment seeking to block a WTO exit at end of transition period

buzzfeed.com/alexwickham/bo…