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Prime minister offers option of fresh vote if MPs pass withdrawal bill, which will be published ‘in next few days’ May offers MPs vote on second referendum in ‘new’ Brexit dealTheresa May’s new Brexit deal: point-by-point analysisMay’s speech: snap summary and analysisEU to investigate Nigel Farage over expenses funded by Arron Banks 6.35pm BST Sir Vince Cable, the Lib Dem leader, has put out this statement in response to Theresa May’s speech. He said:The prime minister’s last ditch attempt to get her withdrawal agreement through the Commons without a confirmatory referendum attached is doomed to failure. Her authority is draining away.Unless and until the government concedes that a people’s vote must be in the legislation, she will not win our support. 6.33pm BST There is a rule in journalism that, if someone frames a headline in the form of a question, it is normally best to assume the answer is no.But in this case, if you read Laura Kuenssberg’s blog, you will find that this is a rare example of a question mark being used to understate what an article is saying, not overstate it.Did the PM just make it worse? diplomatic way of describing the situation tonight? Compromising when no one else is interested in consensus is impossible.The more brutal political interpretation – Theresa May’s mishandling of this whole situation has, over many, many months, pulled her deeper and deeper down into a quagmire of her own creation. Continue reading…

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Publish date : 2019-05-21 17:35:03

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