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Thursday 5 July 2018

We are one day away from the all-important Chequers meeting, where the prime minister hopes to triumph over cabinet Eurosceptics in a soft Brexit coup, and DExU Secretary David Davis seems less than thrilled with what Theresa May has put on the table.

Speaking to the Telegraph, a source said that “we need to have this row in the party now so that we have time to negotiate something bespoke with heads of state before it’s too late”. May’s constant attempts to kick the can down the road have been clear for some time and, with the Article 50 clock ticking, it seems that some in the Conservative party have had enough.

Responding to May’s fudge in particular, the source chided the concept and compared it to “Donald Trump allowing us to keep an eye on his borders for him, it will never happen”. The complaints are echoed by voices in Brussels, one of whom said flatly that “we will shoot it down”. So much for the alleged genius of unelected Europhile civil servant Olly Robbins, who has done much to usurp David Davis’ authority in recent months.

But May will be buoyed by the typically lily-livered approach of the government’s main Leavers, with allies of both Davis and Boris briefing that neither are prepared to resign over the defining issue of our generation. If they can’t find the courage now, will they ever summon it up?

Thankfully for the Brexit cause, May could see opposition from a once-familiar source. Brexit legend Nigel Farage, whose People’s Army of UKIP forced David Cameron to hold the EU referendum in the first place, has vowed a return to frontline politics if the prime minister succeeds in subverting the will of the people.

“If they were to delay the implementation of Article 50 and we didn’t even leave the treaties on March 29 2019…that situation would be outright – full and clear for the public to understand – betrayal and, in those circumstances, I would have no choice” said Farage during his LBC phone-in last night.

The threat of a resurgent Farage – under UKIP or the auspices of a new political movement – is fully alive to many Conservative MPs, with Michael Fabricant claiming to have warned the government chief whip of such a possibility at yesterday’s meeting of the European Research Group.

Farage remains a hugely popular figure in the country and would be the perfect candidate to inflict electoral pain on Theresa May. Let’s hope Spain finds a similar figure in the near future, as news emerges that the new socialist prime minister Pedro Sánchez held secret talks with globalist billionaire George Soros – shortly after opening Spain to hordes of illegal migrants turned away by Matteo Salvini in Italy.

The meeting, which also appears to have involved foreign minister Josep Borrell Fontelles, was not recorded on the prime minister’s agenda or announced through the media. Most interesting…