Fresh Brexit intrigue made my first week go with a bang

We are back where we were – another vote, no sign of consensus, and another humiliation looming for the prime minister

Andrew Woodcock
Friday 17 May 2019 01:51
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May needs a watertight cross-party agreement with Labour... but even this might not be enough to pass her bill
May needs a watertight cross-party agreement with Labour... but even this might not be enough to pass her bill

I arrived this week in the political editor’s chair, replacing the estimable Joe Watts, after many years spent prowling the corridors of Westminster for the Press Association news agency. I’m looking forward to the chance to shine some light into the murk and confusion of the current political scene on behalf of the country’s most independent-minded readers.

As is inevitable nowadays, on arrival I was immediately thrust into the turmoil of the latest attempt to salvage Theresa May’s Brexit deal. The news slipped out of Downing Street late in the evening after talks between the PM and Jeremy Corbyn. No 10 breezily announced that the tete-a-tete had been “useful and constructive”, but Labour’s account was altogether more gloomy, speaking of Corbyn’s concern about May’s ability to deliver.

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