An unprecedented 10 days: how UK’s Brexit drama became a crisis

The Brexit storm resurged in August, embroiling the Queen, the courts, and Winston Churchill’s grandson

It was a quiet summer, albeit punctuated by repeated and ominous pledges from Boris Johnson to take Britain out of the EU “do or die”, deal or no deal, on 31 October. Then quite suddenly, Britain’s long-running Brexit drama turned into a crisis.

The new prime minister found himself cornered: shorn of a Commons majority, obliged by furious MPs to beg for a Brexit extension he has sworn never to request, and prevented from calling the snap election he urgently wanted.

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