2019-03-15 by W.M.
A week of Brexit mayhem – podcast
Even in the chaotic context of recent Brexit debates, this week stands out as extraordinary. As Theresa May attempted to pass her deal through parliament, her authority ebbed away further and her voice gave way to a hoarse croak. Defeat, when it came on Tuesday, was again crushing. It meant honouring a promise to hold a vote on removing a no-deal Brexit from the negotiating options, but this brought further chaos. With her cabinet hopelessly split, May appeared to be losing control of events as the government whipped against an amended version of its original motion – and then lost the vote.
Anushka Asthana spent the week in Westminster speaking to some of the key players as events unfolded. She hears from Labour’s Jess Phillips and Emily Thornberry, plus Conservative MPs Jacob Rees-Mogg and Sam Gyimah.
Joining Anushka to make sense of it all is the Guardian’s deputy political editor Rowena Mason. They back on a week that may have sealed May’s fate – and that of Brexit.
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