Brexit: the past seven days
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
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.
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.
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.
Yacht drifting in mid-Atlantic with no one on board identified thanks to Jersey and French coastguards and a plucky container ship captain
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