Handbrake turn over lorry drivers splits Brexit backers

When the “Spartans” who defied Theresa May over her Brexit deal gathered last week for their first dinner together since the epic events of 2019 there was an air of celebration as well as reverence for what the 28 hold-outs had achieved: the UK out of the European Union, a harder Brexit and a new prime minister.

Sir Bernard Jenkin read grace and urged his fellow hardliners to pray for forgiveness and enlightenment for the remainers who had tried to thwart Brexit, before a sumptuous (perhaps even cosmopolitan) spread at the Carlton Club in London on Wednesday evening — smoked trout salad with boiled quail’s egg, capers and cucumber, followed by lamb rump with confit peppers, sun-dried tomato and couscous.

The wine, as one MP