The only other option is slamming the door, which would seem irrational and unfair given that the EU have pledged to use best endeavours to agree a smooth and civilized exit. On this basis, given the widespread support for this compromise, and the demonstrated majority for it, we would welcome the opportunity to develop it further with the Prime Minister such that it could be offered to our EU allies as a profoundly reasonable solution.

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On the National Infrastructure Fund: “I have £5bn to spend on infrastructure, I’m just looking for eager mouths to stuff with this money, in exchange for building homes.”

Plan B essentially creates a transitional standstill period, at the end of which the UK would overnight become a third country in practice but during which we would have time to avoid disruption in a number of ways:

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UPDATE as of 22.30 on 3rd February: The Government has announced the establishment of an Alternative Arrangements Working Group to take forward the ‘Malthouse Compromise’ proposals. Its membership includes the European Research Group’s Steve Baker, Marcus Fysh and Owen Paterson and Remain-backing former Cabinet ministers Damian Green and Nicky Morgan, some of whom were of course involved in working up the plan.

On the latest Office for National Statistics population figures: “They’re a bit weird.”

However, Kit Malthouse sometimes differs from their party colleagues, such as:

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On innovation: “I don’t want housebuilders to be like Kodak; ignoring the signs to move forward into a new format, and now consigned to a footnote in history.”

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One thing that stands out about Malthouse; he doesn’t mince his words. Here are some choice quotes, and metaphors, from the housing minister on a range of topics as he makes his presence felt at the Tory conference.

It was great talking about the future of #MoreBetterFaster housing while also protecting our..

After readers sought further detail of the so-called ‘Malthouse Compromise’ proposals being pushed by figures representing a broad cross-section of opinion on matters European within the ranks of the Conservative Party in Parliament, BrexitCentral has obtained a document which should answer some of the questions being raised.

Entered the House of Commons on 8 May 2015 — General election

Kit was a councillor on Westminster Council from 1998 to 2006.

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In essence this structure throws a safety net around “No Deal” defusing the drama and mitigating the possible damage on both sides, with plenty of time allowed to agree a future relationship, which is the desired outcome for everyone. It also allows other non-EU countries to see that the UK has proposed something eminently reasonable which protects our supply chains.

The main changes to Withdrawal Agreement:

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The structure of the compromise is to offer the EU a choice of two plans: Plan A is predicated on achieving agreement on a WA that addresses the principal weakness of the current version, the perpetual character of the Irish backstop, and its consequences for the Future Relationship between the UK and the EU. Plan B assumes that agreement on a WA is not possible and that both sides accept a responsibility to act so as to minimise as far as possible the disruption that might arise to people and businesses in the EU and the UK.

I understand that the summary document that follows at the bottom of this post has been cleared by all six participants in its production: European Research Group stalwarts Jacob Rees-Mogg and Steve Baker; Remain-backing ministers Stephen Hammond and Robert Buckland; Treasury Committee Chair and former Cabinet Minister Nicky Morgan; and Leave-backing minister Kit Malthouse, who brokered the discussions that brought the group together.

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And his colleague Marcus Fysh added:

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Steve Baker said in response to the announcement:

Of all Government positions, the role of housing minister has been a merry-go-round in recent years, with a new incumbent taking over, on average, every 16 months. Here’s some comments from the latest minister, Kit Malthouse, to help you get to know him fast.

Here’s my latest update video that I managed to squeeze in before votes this afternoon covering the weekend’s events in North West Hampshire, my visit to Ocado in Andover UK and the granting of Royal Assent to the EU Withdrawal Bill making it law.

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On revisions to the National Planning Policy Framework: “We’re standardising the ‘what’, giving you flexibility to deliver the ‘how’. But even with revisions, the NPPF is just guidelines, it’s not meant to be a substitute for commanding, authoritative, Local Plans.”

Malthouse has been wearing down his shoe leather at the Conservative Party Conference, under way in Birmingham, appearing back-to-back at panel discussions examining planning, buying, renting, and building beautiful. Less than three months in the post, like predecessors Dominic Raab and Gavin Barwell he seems to have gained a rapid grasp of the intricacies of planning and housebuilding, perhaps down to his background in sitting on planning committees when a local councillor.