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Colm McCarthy: 'May turns up volume as clock ticks down to chaos on Brexit'

The British prime minister's strategy seems to be to wing it by leaving everything to the last minute, writes Colm McCarthy

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TRYING THE OLD THATCHER HANDBAGGING PLOY: Video grab from the European Council broadcaster ec.europa.eu of British prime minister Theresa May at the European Council in Brussels last week, apparently berating European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker for suggesting her message on Brexit had been ‘nebulous’ Photo: PA

TRYING THE OLD THATCHER HANDBAGGING PLOY: Video grab from the European Council broadcaster ec.europa.eu of British prime minister Theresa May at the European Council in Brussels last week, apparently berating European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker for suggesting her message on Brexit had been ‘nebulous’ Photo: PA

Video grab from the European Council broadcaster ec.europa.eu Photo: PA

Video grab from the European Council broadcaster ec.europa.eu Photo: PA

Video grab from the European Council broadcaster ec.europa.eu Photo: PA

Video grab from the European Council broadcaster ec.europa.eu Photo: PA

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TRYING THE OLD THATCHER HANDBAGGING PLOY: Video grab from the European Council broadcaster ec.europa.eu of British prime minister Theresa May at the European Council in Brussels last week, apparently berating European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker for suggesting her message on Brexit had been ‘nebulous’ Photo: PA

Nothing has changed," Theresa May's regular explanation of her policy shifts on Brexit over the past two years, finally fits. A no-deal crash-out three months from now is just as likely following the meeting of Conservative MPs last Wednesday, as is her preferred deal with the EU following her fruitless trip to Brussels last Friday.

The no-deal crash-out will be kept prominently on public view: the clock ticking loudly down to chaos is the motivator to assembling a House of Commons majority for Mrs May's deal.


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