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Theresa May’s delay tactics could yet pay off

There's a chance the EU could grant further concessions on the Irish backstop if parliament remains deadlocked

By Aarti Shankar  

Theresa May with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte. Photo: Utrecht Robin/ABACAPRESS.COM/ABACA/PA Images

Today was long expected to be a difficult day for the government—the House of Commons was supposed to vote this evening on the prime minister’s Brexit Deal, and she was likely to have been roundly defeated.

It remains a difficult moment for Theresa May, but for different reasons. Having taken the last minute decision yesterday to pull the vote and first seek further “reassurances” from the EU, she faces fury from opposition leaders at home. Things don’t look much…

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