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Jul 6, 2018 4 tweets 1 min read Twitter logo Read on Twitter
Chequers latest:

Am told that Andrea Leadsom and Esther McVey grumbled about the Brexit offering....but Boris was very quiet and Gove enthusiastic while Fox and Grayling (who’s doing Today tomorrow) were on good behaviour: some Tory Eurosceptics annoyed that no one resigned....
Indeed apparently Boris gave a mini speech at dinner supporting the deal, some colleagues found it “moving” apparently, that bit may or may not be sarcastic
this is like being promised Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid and getting Love Actually instead
okay so apparently there were a few concerns raised by Mordaunt, Fox, Javid and Boris but one participant described this as “half-hearted” #Chequers

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