This week the Brexit saga rolled on. After the high drama of last week when everyone was arguing over when, not if, Theresa May would be replaced; we find ourselves now with the same Prime Minister, same deal and the same sense of inevitability. While the political media still speculate over parliamentary vote tallies and back room plots, it turns out May is a far cannier operator than many give her credit for. She appeared to recognise that the hard line Brexiteers in her own party were all bluster and is now betting that the voting public will accept any deal that means they don’t have to hear the word Brexit again, which we think should get very short odds.
Elsewhere there was another European anti-climax, as the Italian government looks to have conceded to EU demands and decided to take another look at its budget plans. As seems sensible, all the major protagonists of the last few months have opted for a quiet Christmas and decided to put the theatrics aside to get their affairs in order. It is unlikely to last through January, but a welcome early present none the less.
Read what the team at FE consider to be significant over the current week.