Brexit: What we know about May's compromise trade plan

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Image caption Theresa May has to square her cabinet colleagues behind the plan

So, finally, Theresa May has found a way. Not to get Brexit over the finishing line, obviously. But at least out of the starting block. Or so she hopes.

Not to unite the Cabinet. No-one could do that. But at least to herd most of them into line behind her. Or so she hopes.

And if one or two can't or won't get with the programme - there's the door.

The door, of course, being the door of Chequers, her country retreat, where she'll gather her Cabinet again on Friday and try - very hard, apparently - to get agreement on her plan for a negotiating position which might, just might, fly in Brussels.

How, though? Theresa May's "red-lines" always look and sound very red and very clear. They did again yesterday in the Commons when she pledged Britain to leave the EU, the customs union and the single market.

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Brexit: Theresa May being urged to 'take back control'

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How tough is Theresa May? She has a death stare which makes Gordon Brown look, by comparison, like the kind of prime minister who'd be dead-legged by a nine-year-old in a school playground.

But is she as tough as she looks? Or is Mrs May merely stubborn? And cautious? And rather indecisive?

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Brexit: Customs union plan brewing in Whitehall

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If Brexit looks like a political nightmare for Theresa May, it's because it is one; a nightmare she volunteered to endure the day she chose to run for PM.

"It goes with the territory," she told a colleague who offered sympathy recently.

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Theresa May looks set to take action on Syria without consulting MPs

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It's an understatement to say Theresa May tends not to rush into difficult, sensitive decisions.

She's spent pretty much her entire premiership living on a diet of awkward dilemmas and tough decisions. In just about every case, the May way has been to chew thoroughly before swallowing.

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Syria response is a challenge and test for Theresa May

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Theresa May's flying Scandinavian tour - Denmark and Sweden in less than 24 hours - was supposed to be routine. As if...!

The prime minister's meetings with her counterparts in Copenhagen and Stockholm were wholly overshadowed by the alleged chemical attack in Syria: a challenge and a test not only for the Western powers and their allies, but for British global influence and for Mrs May herself.

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So can Theresa May now survive the Brexit course?

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Image caption The PM with senior UK official Tim Barrow

Listen carefully. The strange sound of rushing air you can hear in the background, as Britain continues its slow march towards Brexit, is a deep collective sigh of relief.

Ministers, officials and business leaders - the latter group puffing out their cheeks more than anyone - wanted, needed, to see their wish of a Brexit transition period fulfilled.

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Russian spy: UK government response going to plan so far

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Among senior ministers and officials, there's quiet satisfaction that the Russia crisis seems to be going according to plan. Maybe even better.

According to one senior government source, "it's gone at least as well as we'd hoped".

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Theresa May kicks Brexit can down the road

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Another gathering in Downing Street has come and gone, imagined at one point to be a "crunch meeting" at which Cabinet colleagues might thrash out their differences on the destination of Brexit.

In fact, it was nothing of the kind. The only crunching to be seen or heard was the gentle crump of the metaphorical tin can labelled "Britain's future after Brexit" being kicked, unopened, further down the road.

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Are the Conservatives now unleadable on Brexit?

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The pressure on Theresa May - to somehow get her finger out, to do her job and lead, and more specifically to point the direction and even destination of Brexit - keeps rising.

Talk privately to Conservative MPs and it quickly becomes apparent the needle on the political pressure gauge has begun to edge into the red zone denoting danger.

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Carillion: Watershed moment for privatisation debate?

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Ministers are feeling the pressure of awkward questions today.

Carillion is not the first big public contractor to run into trouble under successive governments and surely won't be the last.

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