Julian Smith

Smith: 'Inevitably' a softer Brexit after 2017 election
The chief whip, Julian Smith, has said the government should have been clearer on the consequences of the failure to get a majority.

Julian Smith

The government's chief whip, charged with getting the PM's Brexit deal through Parliament.
It's almost crunch time for Theresa May as she prepares for the Commons vote on her Brexit withdrawal agreement. The numbers do not appear to be on her side. It's thought as many 100 Conservative MPs are planning to vote against it. The government's chief whip is Julian Smith. It's his rather daunting job to persuade rebel Tory MPs to vote with the PM. Can he do it? We look for clues in his life story so far.

Producer: Oliver Jones
Presenter: Mark Coles
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