This week we witnessed a major change in direction from both the government and opposition for their respective Brexit policies. Theresa May walked back yet another commitment and conceded that there should be an extension to article 50. This has been inevitable for some time as, quite apart from all the clowning about in parliament, there is actually a lot of legislation to be passed into law before leaving, regardless of the terms. We had already passed the point where that could have been accomplished so it was just a matter of when the Prime Minister would acknowledge that reality. While this move has garnered a lot of attention it hasn’t changed anything, there will still be nothing the parties agree on at the end of the period, except the option to delay will no longer be available.
Elsewhere the Labour leadership have backed a second referendum, but at the time of writing the exact policy was to put any deal agreed by parliament back to a vote. As there isn’t a deal parliament can agree on the stance is meaningless, much like the term Labour leadership.
Read what the team at FE consider to be significant over the current week.