Brexit: Bercow chucks a hulking great spanner in the works

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"He's breaking the constitution" - quite the accusation, laid at the door of John Bercow's grand speaker's apartments.

It's notable because it's the view of a government minister who is not one of those whose pulse quickens when discussing leaving or trying to stay in the European Union.

There is, of course, precedent in the very well-thumbed copies of Erskine May, the parliamentary rules, for the speaker's decision.

Quoting decisions as far back as 1604, John Bercow was quite clear that governments are not meant to be able to keep asking parliament the same question, in the hope of boring MPs into submission if they keep saying no.

But as another member of the government put it mildly, the speaker has a reputation for being "interventionist", and he has, this afternoon, chucked a hulking great spanner in the works.

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March Brexit almost certainly out of reach

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More than 80 times Theresa May vowed we would leave the European Union at the end of this month.

As the days, then weeks, then months passed with first delays in reaching a deal, and then MPs rejecting it twice, slowly, but surely, that date became less and less realistic.

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Brexit crisis presents opportunity for Theresa May

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In a crisis there can be opportunity.

This is now a crisis - the rules that traditionally have preserved governments are out of the window.

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Brexit: Is the chancellor telling Theresa May to change course?

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I know the idea that cabinet ministers stick to a script is deeply old fashioned.

But for a chancellor to stand right in front of a prime minister and, even obliquely, tell them to change course, as Chancellor Philip Hammond has just done in his Spring Statement, is quite something.

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Brexit: Any sign of Theresa May changing course?

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Second time very unlucky. The tweaks to the deal with the EU that the prime minister sweated for more than a month to achieve were to little purpose.

The government was, again, comprehensively defeated, this time by almost 150 votes.

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Brexit: Something has changed but is it enough?

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"Devastating" - that's how one influential Brexiteer described the attorney general's legal advice.

Yes, the Brexiteer lawyer Geoffrey Cox says the negotiations with the EU and tweaks to the deal have reduced the risk of the UK being stuck in the controversial backstop for ever and a day.

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Brexit: Will May's changes to her deal satisfy the Brexiteers?

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Monday morning government blues have been replaced by Tuesday morning nervous hopes.

The government does not suddenly expect its Brexit deal to be ushered through at speed, cheered on by well-wishers.

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Brexit: Does anyone really know what happens next?

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"What happens next? Anyone who tells you they know is lying."

That's about as frank as it gets, from a cabinet minister, who, like everyone else, is trying to work out it.

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Knife crime and the austerity question

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The most awful political truth about the flare-up in knife crime is that it is so familiar.

From time to time, a flurry of terrible attacks emerges, the public is alarmed and politicians debate what can be done.

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Confirming Brexiteers' doubts about May?

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A "damage limitation exercise"?

At any time over the last two years, you've always been able to hear the faint jangling of Brexiteer nerves, a suspicion that the prime minister doesn't really believe in leaving the EU.

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