Brexit: Is it bonkers to push the PM's plan again?

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It's not crazy to ask if it's bonkers for the government to have yet another go at getting the prime minister's plan for Brexit through Parliament.

It's been defeated - and very heavily defeated - on several occasions.

The prime minister who is trying to push it through is off soon, so has not exactly got much political authority left.

And the party that's, in theory, trying to drive through the legislation is rapidly becoming consumed by what and who is coming next, rather than spending all of its time and effort trying to get this plan over the line.

But a vote on the Withdrawal Bill is likely to take place some time in the first week of June.

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Beginning the hunt for the next PM

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"Discussing an election timetable" doesn't sound that exciting.

But the paragraph tucked into the short formal letter from Sir Graham Brady to Tory MPs all but marks the end of Theresa May's premiership and the beginning of the official hunt for the next leader of the country.

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Brexit: Theresa May has set herself a huge test

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Media captionTheresa May: MPs "have a duty" to deliver Brexit

Twice my colleague in Paris asked the prime minister if she would resign if her Brexit plan is rejected by MPs again.

Twice she completely swerved the question. You can watch the awkward moment above.

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Brexit: Olly Robbins heads to Brussels

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Are the talks between the government and the opposition dead? Not yet.

Olly Robbins, (remember him?) the government's Brexit negotiator, is off to Brussels on Tuesday to talk about how long it might take, and how the broad outline of the future arrangement between the EU and the UK could be changed if there were to be some kind of deal.

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Can Jeremy Corbyn heal the Brexit divide?

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Jeremy Corbyn wants to ditch the labels of Leave and Remain, to stop worrying about the "48" and the "52" and to concentrate on the country as a whole.

He says only Labour can bring the two warring sides together. In other words - time to move on.

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Brexit: When will Theresa May actually go?

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"She's leading us to oblivion - I don't understand why she is hanging on," says one former cabinet minister. "She's using up the oxygen her successor will need to breathe," says another.

These are not wild claims from easily over excitable Eurosceptics who have been the main cheerleaders to hurry Theresa May from her job. They are genuine frustrations from MPs who have worked alongside Theresa May who until recently have believed she should stay.

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Cross-party Brexit talks: Don't expect a love-in

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Image caption Labour's team including Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer have been negotiating with the government

"Constructive and detailed" - that sounds quite positive - Number 10's description of the talks today.

"Robust" - not quite so chirpy - Labour's use of political speak for what most of us might call a bit tricky.

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Brexit: Is there a stepping stone for progress in cross-party talks?

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Will the cross-party talks get anywhere this week?

No 10 is trying to get Labour over the line by presenting the withdrawal agreement as a stepping stone - ie hold your nose for now and you can carve out your own deal if you win the next election.

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Local elections: A bitter flavour for Labour and Tories

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Image caption Theresa May was heckled at the Welsh Conservative conference

Neither the prime minister nor the Labour leader has anywhere to hide.

After nine years in government it's not surprising that the Conservatives have lost a significant chunk of seats.

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Local elections: Two main parties, one key message

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It's not over - it's far, far from over.

Many hundreds of seats are yet to declare. Many individual political stories yet to be told. So be very aware - the final shape of wins and losses for the government and the main opposition is unclear.

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