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A further six junior ministers have also asked their local parties to be ready for a contest.
The Prime Minister’s public standing is stronger, but privately problems are brewing within the Conservative Party.
That’s the claim that some in the government have made.
Jeremy Corbyn has asked the Prime Minister to take no deal off the table. But it isn’t wholly in her gift.
Vince Cable hasn’t yet managed to steer a course through the problem.
Both party leaders have aptly demonstrated in the past that there is no button either can press to make their MPs do their bidding.
Anyone betting against the Labour leader is likely to lose more than their shirt.
The prospects of another election or a further referendum are both receding.
The Prime Minister retreated into vagueness, but she won’t be able to escape definition for long.
They can’t all be right. Someone in this queue is an idiot. But who?