And the President of the European Council has the upper hand.
The Prime Minister's demand for control of immigration and laws means Britain will leave the single market.
Theresa May has announced that the government will trigger Article 50 no later than the end of March 2017.
Boris Johnson could make a gesture of goodwill.
The 1980s kids seem resigned to their fate - for now.
Both Conservative and Labour MPs regard a contest next year as the solution to their problems.
The rise in housing costs is the equivalent of a hike in income tax for poorer working families.
The crushed Liberals are doing particularly well in areas that voted Conservative in 2015 - and Remain in 2016.
Dan Jarvis on how Labour can engage credibly with Brexit.
A lot depends on the details.
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