'On Thursday afternoon, I attended a briefing in the Grimond committee room of the House of Commons, hosted by Dominic Grieve.
It had been called primarily to explain the thinking behind his amendment aimed at preventing a No Deal Brexit.
But I wanted to quiz him on the mysterious meeting – reported by The Mail on Sunday two weeks ago – held in John Bercow's private apartment just hours before the Speaker upended a century of parliamentary procedure and ruled in order his motion to snatch Brexit from the hands of the Government.
Unfortunately, it was stipulated that the briefing was 'off the record', which prevents me from reporting what was said.
But Grieve has not publicly deviated from his insistence that he did not seek to 'suborn' Bercow. Nor has he revealed what the two men talked about. And friends have confirmed that he was not a frequent visitor to the Speaker's apartment.
So this, in summary, is Grieve's position. He stood in the 2017 Election on a personal pledge to respect the referendum result. He then tabled a Commons amendment seeking to invert the relationship between executive and legislature.
He held a private meeting with the Speaker in his apartment, even though he apparently does not regularly have such meetings. He claims he did not attempt to influence the Speaker in favour of his amendment, but refuses to tell the press or public what they did discuss.'
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