And May makes another compromise… weaker and wobblier?

Brexit deadline: Theresa May to avoid another embarrassing defeat with last-gasp compromise over departure date

The planned date and time – 11pm on 29 March 2019 – would still be on the face of the Bill, as the Prime Minister pledged in a blaze of publicity last month.

However, MPs would be given the “power to amend the definition of ‘exit day’” at a later date, providing the potential for the UK to ask the EU to extend the Article 50 negotiations if necessary.

There is a certain satisfaction to be derived in seeing a government humbled by the House of Commons. Usually the whip is in the government’s hands, but unusually brave Tory MPs turned it around.

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