Brexit: A day of Parliamentary shenanigans

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If you are that way inclined, stick a copy of Erskine May, the Parliamentary procedure bible, on your Christmas list - if it's not too late.

Because this week, and likely in the early weeks of next year, you might need it.

A pattern is becoming more and more distinct that shows the many rival factions in Parliament sweating to find the latest, the most cunning, the most expeditious procedure to try to get their way - whether that's the opposition, or disgruntled Tories, both in different ways making life tricky for the government.

We've just witnessed another case in point. Jeremy Corbyn was, we were told, going to lodge an attempt to force a no confidence vote, simply in the prime minister, in fury that she had delayed Parliament having a say on her Brexit agreement.

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That's not, as you understand, the scary sounding no-confidence motion of old that could collapse a government.

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Don't forget there is actually a Brexit deal

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Image caption Some cabinet ministers are openly discussing a change of approach to Brexit

Politics has been weird for some time, in fact a long time.

There are many reasons, but the two that always come to the front of my mind are the same. Brexit doesn't divide neatly down party lines so Parliament, where decisions are made, doesn't behave like it normally does. Mixing Parliament and Brexit is like trying to mix milk and water; you get a cloudy, unappetising mess.

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Trust issue in Westminster limits EU's offer to May

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Yes, the prime minister was given a promise from the EU that they will do a trade deal after Brexit as quickly as they possibly can so, in theory, the controversial backstop will never be required.

In political practice, right now, there is no way that alone will calm the fever that has taken hold of so many of the prime minister's MPs - more than a hundred of whom wanted her to quit this week - swathes of whom would never vote for her Brexit compromise as things stand.

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Brexit: Cold comfort for May at EU summit

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It's a bitter cold, grey morning in Brussels.

And there is very, very little for Number 10 to be pleased about.

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Theresa May goes public with time limit on premiership

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Media captionTheresa May: "I think it is right that the party feels the party would prefer to go into that election with a new leader"

It's official. Theresa May has just confirmed publicly what she told her MPs last night - she will step down before the next general election.

Not surprisingly she had no desire to get drawn into a conversation about a date of departure, telling us that her focus was getting an improved Brexit agreement and getting the deal "over the line".

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Brexit: War breaks out in Conservative Party

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Theresa May will front up in Brussels later - still the prime minister, still officially in charge.

One cabinet minister last night told me the whole challenge to her had been "futile", suggesting it hadn't really changed much. But it really has.

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Confidence vote victory would still leave Theresa May with less authority

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Theresa May addressed Conservative MPs shortly before they began casting their ballots in a vote of confidence in her as their party leader.

As the prime minister arrived, her colleagues weren't quite sure of the result.

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Confidence vote: No surprise in Theresa May's defiance

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Looking nervous but entirely determined, the prime minister's message this morning won't surprise anyone who knows her well: she will fight the challenge to her leadership with everything she has.

But all the doubts, all the anxieties, all the unhappiness about the prime minister's leadership that have crystallised around the conundrum of Brexit have finally come to a head.

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Is PM about to face a confidence vote?

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I know, I know, I know. We have been here before, and on more than one occasion.

But senior Eurosceptics are more sure than ever that they have enough support to trigger a vote of no confidence in the prime minister. That doesn't mean it is bound to happen.

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Now what for the PM and Brexit?

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Now what? The prime minister didn't delay the vote because she wanted to.

She and her team made the decision because the option of a horrendous defeat was more grim than the humiliation of delay.

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