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Brexit: the past seven days

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What’s been happening in the world of politics as the clock ticks on Brexit?

As the countdown continues to the scheduled date of Brexit on March 29, here’s what been happening over the past week.

How many days to go: 77

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Countdown to Brexit, infographic from PA Graphics

What happened this week: Theresa May suffered two humiliating defeats in the space of 24 hours as MPs flexed their muscles ahead of the return to Parliament of her Withdrawal Agreement. She won the “total support” of Japanese PM Shinzo Abe for her deal, but there was little sign during three days of debate that she had won over many MPs.

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the ‘whole world’ wants to avoid a no-deal Brexit (Stefan Rousseau/PA)
Prime Minister’s Questions
There was uproar in Parliament as Speaker John Bercow selected a rebel amendment for debate (UK Parliament/Mark Duffy)

Bad week: Chris Grayling. The Transport Secretary presided over a widely-mocked exercise to trial the impact of lorry tailbacks if Dover is disrupted by a no-deal Brexit and was attacked by Eurotunnel and the chief of Calais port over his decision to spend over £100 million on extra cross-Channel ferry capacity.

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Lorries taking part in a trial of plans to deal with post-Brexit disruption at Dover (Gareth Fuller/PA)

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Tweet of the week: The BBC’s Norman Smith: “Is this what it’s come to? Anna Soubry faces ‘Nazi’ taunts”

Word of the week: Paralysis. What Jeremy Hunt predicts will happen if MPs reject Mrs May’s Withdrawal Agreement.

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