Brexit: the past seven days

As the countdown continues to Brexit on March 29, here’s what been happening over the past week.

How many days to go: 91

What happened this week: Jeremy Corbyn wanted a recall of Parliament so MPs could vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal. Met Police chief Cressida Dick warned of the risk to public safety of a no-deal break.

What happens next: Ministers return to Westminster early from their Christmas break for a special Cabinet meeting on Wednesday to discuss no deal planning.


Good week: Voters. A weary public was largely spared another week of Brexit wrangling by their politicians as most finally piped down for the festive season.

Bad week: Business. Another seven days gone and firms looking to plan ahead were still none the wiser as to what to expect after March 29.

Quote of the week: “Ghastly. What I minded were those pictures of the way he was holding the Prime Minister. I did not like that. When I used to go to the EU for meetings, I often had a terrible cold to insist that I didn’t get enveloped in a bear hug” – Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd on European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker.

Tweet of the week:

British politics for the next generation will divide into those who resisted Brexit, & those who promoted or appeased it. I will never fully trust or respect anyone who wasn’t in the resistance from the beginning

— Andrew Adonis (@Andrew_Adonis) December 27, 2018

Word of the week: Brexmas.