In what is fast becoming a real-life soap opera, this week’s episode of Brexit saw the narrative pick up the pace. John Bercow kicked things off by quelling Theresa May’s "if it doesn’t work try try again" approach of pushing the same deal through only to get continuously rejected by parliament. Theresa May then managed to rile up Parliament blaming MP’s for the mess and attempting to win over the public. With three million people signing the petition to repeal Article 50 and a march planned this Saturday in London, it appears that she has lost both sides of the dressing room.
May then pushed the EU for a short extension to allow her deal through. After a marathon of session talks, the EU handed May another grace period to come up with an alternative Brexit plan. This could mean Britain will remain an EU member until 22nd May provided the MP’s approve the revised deal, otherwise a much shorter extension will be offered which lasts until 12th April. While the Prime Minister has been granted breathing space, the control she had upon proceedings has taken a big hit.
Read what the team at FE consider to be significant over the current week.