THeresa Mayhas handed over the task of completing the five-day debate on her Brexit deal with leading cabinet brexiter Michael Gove in a surprisingly surprising move.

Although Number 10 believed that it was not customary to conclude a debate by the opening speaker, it was generally expected that she would seize the opportunity to make a final appeal to Members to avoid defeat.

It may be that Downing Street believes that Gove, a leading figure in the EU exit campaign, could leave the Brexiteers behind, but it will leave them open for further criticism if the strategy falls behind.

Yesterday, the extent of the task was revealed in the Commons, when former ministers, Tory MPs and DUP deputies opposed the …