Brexit: Will Theresa May be a backseat driver?

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Theresa May arrived in Osaka something of a leader in limbo - an outgoing prime minister beset by incoming crises at home and abroad.

So far she's been conspicuously trying to stay above the fray of the Tory leadership contest.

She's told no-one who she voted for in narrowing the field down to two; she's taken no sides.

On the RAF Voyager flight into Osaka, she gave journalists a hint that she has more to contribute before this saga ends, assuming, of course, it ever does.

The prime minister refused to pledge her support for whatever outcome may take shape under the next leader.

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Scale of Brexit task facing future PM

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Who on earth would wish to be Britain's next prime minister at a time like this?

Silly question, really.

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May takes on cause dear to her heart

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Theresa May - all but through the exit door at No 10 - has invested what very little political capital she has left on a cause dear to her heart.

It's the cause she promoted the day she became PM, of trying to tilt the odds towards the less well-off and less advantaged where she's able.

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Theresa May's steady diet of faint hope

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For all the talk of the negotiations between Team May and Team Corbyn being "constructive and serious", Labour's leader always seemed somehow more likely to back away from a Brexit compromise with the prime minister than embrace one.

Some of his Labour critics still suspect - though he and his close aides deny it - that he's a lifelong Eurosceptic who would be content with a Brexit that also taints the Conservatives and takes him closer to power.

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Brexit: PM all but out of time to pass deal

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Theresa May has set a date for what's probably her last attempt to pass a Brexit deal - and she's told Labour there's an urgent need to compromise.

The odds of her succeeding are faint - and her time's nearly up.

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Ferry case adds to list of Grayling mishaps

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To call Chris Grayling accident prone would be to defy the laws of probability.

Put simply, no-one's that unlucky.

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Brexit: George Eustice resignation reflects wider Tory anger

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As Brexiteer Conservatives go, George Eustice sits in the mainstream.

Unlike more hardline colleagues, the now former fisheries minister has actually been willing to contemplate a Brexit which leaves the UK quite close the European Union; a relationship with the EU comparable to Norway's, at least for a while.

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Plotting and scheming afoot as PM's options narrow

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It's seemed almost hard to move anywhere without running into a minister on a mission - tasked to promote a Brexit plan that's widely judged to be doomed to defeat in the Commons on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the bars and the tea rooms in Parliament have been quietly humming with the sound of plotting and scheming.

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Theresa May is taking a huge gamble over Brexit agreement

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They've agreed on a draft of an agreement, and this time Downing Street's ready to sell it to the Cabinet. Or at least try. The time for tinkering and bartering has run out.

So by the time ministers gather around the Cabinet table tomorrow (Wednesday), Theresa May will know whether there'll be empty seats - left by resigning Brexiteers - when the time comes to start selling the plan to the party and to Parliament.

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Has Budget changed the Brexit landscape?

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Chancellor Philip Hammond will have known his Budget would be seized upon by Conservative colleagues and, as one put it to me, "shouted about, and plastered over leaflets that'll be pushed through thousands of letterboxes in marginal seats this weekend".

He can't have known it would split the Labour Party the wholly unexpected way it has.

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