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.
The EU will take steps to make no deal easier for itself. It will still come with a hefty cost for the United Kingdom.
A headache for Philip Hammond, a boon for John McDonnell.
It won’t trigger an election, doesn’t legally compel May to resign, and the government isn’t obligated to find time in the legislative timetable for it.
It will be easier for those MPs who want a clearer position from Labour over Brexit to press their case once the vote is over and done with.
While no one connected with Team Corbyn will look back on today with any fondness, they got what they came for.
There’s a no-deal Brexit at stake.
The Foreign Secretary and the Labour leader command headlines, but it is their parties who really matter to the Brexit outcome.
A second Remain campaign that cannot win a majority for free movement cannot win a majority at all.
It’s that age-old problem again: the backstop.
Meet the new boss, not quite the same as the old boss.