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Theresa May shows clean pair of heels as the Usain Bolt of failure | John Crace

Not even MPs on stupidity steroids can hope to get near to the prime minister during her descent into incoherence

The sprint to the bottom is now parliament’s blue riband event. But, in a highly competitive field, Theresa May is still streets ahead of the opposition. She is the Usain Bolt of failure, someone who, in her prime, not even MPs on stupidity steroids can hope to get near to. Even so, the Leader in Name Only’s descent into incoherence must surely now be reaching terminal velocity. Peak Lino.

We’re well past the point where we can expect to be no better informed at the end of one of the prime minister’s speeches than we were when she started. We’re now actually going backwards. Every time Lino speaks we actually know less than we did when we started. Time’s Arrow. Politics at faster than the speed of light, where the best chance of leaving the EU is to race back to the early 1970s when we were never in it.

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PM considered separate vote on Brexit withdrawal agreement, Labour claims

Labour spokesman says there is no basis for holding third meaningful vote as Downing Street rejects view of meeting

Labour has claimed an increasingly desperate Theresa May suggested severing the Brexit withdrawal agreement from the forward-looking political declaration on Monday, as she made a fresh bid to win Jeremy Corbyn’s backing for her deal.

The Labour leader held an hour-long meeting with the prime minister at Westminster on Monday, alongside the Brexit secretary, Steve Barclay, and his shadow, Keir Starmer, with the two parties’ chief whips.

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The Tories are no longer a party, and Theresa May must know that | Polly Toynbee

Brexit has split what was left of the Conservatives. The sooner they realise it, the better for the country

Just another day in Brexit deadlock, as the prime minister rose to address the parliament she had so brutishly insulted with her demagogic “I am on your side” attempt to speak to “the people” over MPs’ heads. No apology, but she came to admit that her deal was in the quicksands, sinking fast, and she dared not bring it back for another trouncing. She is where she put herself, disgracefully in hock to the bigots and bullies of the Democratic Unionist party, who act against the will of remain-majority Northern Irish voters. Jeremy Corbyn was polite to call this “a national embarrassment”: this is far, far worse than a few blushes.

For parliament to seize control would, May wrongly claimed, set a dangerous precedent

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Theresa May is effectively gone. She is a leader in name only | Michael Heseltine

This is a national humiliation, made in Britain, made by Brexit. And the prime minister has no control over events

Brexit is the biggest peacetime crisis we have faced and a no-deal Brexit could provoke a national emergency. The depth and scale of the divisions and the narrowness of the majority in favour of leaving the EU mean that the most sensible step would be to put the issue on hold, complete the negotiations and then hold a referendum. Sadly, that option is not available.

Related: PM concedes lack of support for deal as MPs seek to take control

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The Guardian view on parliament and Brexit: take back control | Editorial

By refusing to compromise with MPs over her Brexit plan, Theresa May sinks her premiership

Brexit is a revolution, so expect revolutionary consequences. It appears the UK has reached a potentially decisive turning point in the direction of the constitutional order. Parliamentary government is essentially a government by means of party, yet the complete breakdown in discipline on the Conservative benches sees ministers of the crown being guided by the decisions of parliament rather than guiding them. Once party organisation fails, leaders can no longer make a parliamentary assembly act steadily. Hence the tragedy of Theresa May’s premiership turning into farce.

The chaos is a direct result of a referendum imposing a decision to leave the European Union upon a parliament that had not worked out how to do so. The trouble is that no one can agree what the terms of departure ought to be. Theresa May’s deal has been resoundingly rejected twice; parliament does not want to leave without a deal and MPs are attempting to work out what the Commons could support. These options Mrs May described as her Brexit, no Brexit, or slow Brexit. She also said a hard Brexit would be taken off the table, which is a very good thing. Less encouraging was that Mrs May saying she will not pursue a softer Brexit, even if MPs vote for it, because no one would “support an option which contradicted the manifesto on which they stood”. This is counterproductive and wrong.

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With millions on the streets or signed up, remainers cannot be ignored | Zoe Williams

Saturday’s march and the revoke petition have exploded the myth that only the ‘metropolitan elite’ oppose Brexit

The anti-Brexit rally on Saturday was probably the first central London demonstration in living memory that Jeremy Corbyn hasn’t attended – except for the last People’s Vote march, of course. Instead he was on a campaign visit to Morecambe. There was deliberation to all this; in a childishly provocative tweet, the Labour party chirpily asked last Friday: “Big weekend plans? Find an event near you.” In bitter spirits, I put in my postcode (Vauxhall, central London), and was invited to #rebuildbritain by attending a meeting in Swanley (15 miles away in Kent), on the day of the largest demonstration since Iraq.

Corbyn’s motivation, in this steadfast abstinence from a swell of protest at which he should naturally be at the crest, is always put down to his Euroscepticism, which has morphed among commentators from “he’s not too keen on Europe” to “he hates Europe”. This is overstatement and a diversion; what’s really happened is that a strategy devised for 2017 has failed to update.

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Brexit: May tells MPs she does not have enough support to win third meaningful vote – live news

Rolling coverage including Theresa May’s statement to MPs about Brexit and MPs voting on whether parliament should take control of the process

May says MPs will vote on the the statutory instrument changing the date of Brexit in the EU Withdrawal Act on Wednesday.

Chris Leslie, the Independent Group MP, asks May if she is saying she will reject a confirmatory vote if that is what MPs vote for in indicative votes.

May says people want a confirmatory vote to have remain on the ballot paper. So it would be a second referendum, she says. And that means it would defy what people voted for in the referendum.

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