Unfortunately, Tories know fuck all about Northern Ireland. No-one votes for them there, therefore they don't care. Just like Scotland. Anywhere outside of the Home Countries is foreign territory, suspicious and awful. On the plus side, I'm hoping this means NI can come to its own arrangements with RoI, but legally that may not stick.
In other news, remember that £450 million a week that will go into the NHS?http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37627308
Whitehall officials believe the UK may need to make big payments to the EU to secure preferential trading terms after Brexit, BBC Newsnight has learned.
During the EU referendum, Vote Leave claimed leaving the EU could save the UK £350m a week in contributions.
But an unnamed cabinet minister has told Newsnight that the UK may end up "paying quite a lot" of that money to secure access to the single market.
The government said it would not give a "running commentary" on negotiations.
The UK's contributions to the EU became one of the most contentious issues in the EU referendum campaign after Vote Leave pledged to repatriate £350m a week - its estimate of the UK's gross weekly contributions to the EU.
This is reduced by subsidies paid to the UK and by the UK budget rebate.
But a leading light in the Brexit campaign said they now expected the UK could still end up paying as much as £5bn a year into EU funds, in return for access to the single market.
This is roughly half of what the UK would have expected to contribute to the EU - estimated by the Office for Budget Responsibility to average around £9.6bn a year from 2015.
Ed Mililibands's coalition of plucky rebels is still picking away at Brexit negotiations (Miliband is the driving force behind the cross-Parliamentary calls for a vote on the terms of Brexit, he's no fool. Can't eat a bacon sandwich, but no fool).http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-37622928
Labour has renewed pressure on ministers to set out their Brexit strategy to MPs before formal negotiations begin.
Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry said Labour would stage a Commons vote on Wednesday on a motion calling for "proper scrutiny".
Ahead of the debate, it asked Brexit Minister David Davis 170 questions, including on trade and migration.
The Conservatives said there would be "no running commentary" on their plans.
The government has faced calls to set out more detail on what it wants Brexit to look like, with little known so far about its plans for migration and trade with the EU.
That's one question for every day until the end of March, btw.