Whoever you believe about the state of the Brexit deal, it’s not looking good for May

Whether a deal is around the corner or miles off, the Prime Minister has lost the trust of both the right-wing media and her party. 


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Brexit deal imminent! Wait, no, Brexit deal off due to Theresa May’s inability to convince Dominic Raab/moody backbenchers/every Cabinet minister who aspires to lead the Conservative Party. Brexit deal back on? It depends which paper you read.

Almost everyone at Westminster expects that there will be movement on Brexit some point later this week or early the next. By “movement”, of course, what they mean is that the United Kingdom will make a concession that May will desperately try to package as a defeat for the EU27.

May’s problem is that she has lost the trust of both the Brexit press and the ultras in her own party, so she has a much smaller chance of selling the next concession as a great British victory.

Stephen Bush is political editor of the New Statesman. His daily briefing, Morning Call, provides a quick and essential guide to domestic and global politics.