This week we had another tranche of votes on Brexit. None of them have any legislative effect but they do give an indication on Parliament’s direction of travel. With the Prime Minister’s EU deal having recently been voted down, it was notable this week to see a majority of MPs vote favour of the deal, provided the contentious provisions relating to Northern Ireland were removed or amended by the EU. The Prime Minister will now go to the EU with a view to winning such a compromise. It is hoped that the EU, noting that Parliament will actually agree to such a modified deal, will give ground in order for us to leave on agreed terms. To win this concession, we need to keep our best negotiation card. For the EU, as for the UK, the risk of No Deal is considerable and it is this which could cause the EU to give ground. It was therefore disappointing for me to see a majority of MPs vote to take No Deal off the table. With the Prime Minister in the midst of seeking to gain further concessions, this feels the wrong time to be burning our best hand. We now wait until the middle of February to see what the Prime Minister can bring back.