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May’s Brexit quandary is like an Escher staircase—things are always moving, but never progressing

Even now the prime minister fails to countenance any plan other than her own  

By Jonathan Lis  

Ascending and Descending, by M. C. Escher. Lithograph, 1960.

After three long years, last night parliament finally took back control.

MPs have attempted to give their colleagues control of parliamentary time on more than one occasion in recent months. Each time their colleagues declined. Such a move was too drastic; the government needed the space to get its deal through; the British people would not accept diversion or delay. Last night, MPs exhausted their patience. They passed Oliver Letwin’s amendment to direct Wednesday’s parliamentary business by 329 votes to…

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