116: Love is in the air

Two years late, and days before the latest Brexit deadline, Theresa May finally reaches out across the divide to try to find a way out of the crisis. But is there any realistic chance the Prime Minister can agree a Brexit deal with Jeremy Corbyn? And what will he demand in return?

We assess the latest twists in this increasingly ridiculous saga, why the Prime Minister opted to tear her own party apart, and the dangers for Labour as well.

And we look at the infiltration of grassroots Tory parties by former UKIP activists, determined to force out anyone deemed not to be a true Brexit believer.

115: Endgame?

Sound the Emergency Podcast Klaxon. A late-night update after a ludicrous 24 hours. MPs take back control of Brexit, but just as they do that Theresa May tries to seize the initiative by volunteering to throw herself under her own bus.

Back my deal and I’ll quit, says the Prime Minister. And just as her Tory MPs are slowly falling into line, the DUP turn her down again, and we’re back to square one.

Which makes those indicative votes in the Commons even more important. Luckily, Joy Lo Dico, columnist from the Evening Standard, is on standby to explain what it meant.

We start the long process of assessing the likely rivals for the soon-to-be vacant (maybe) Tory leadership too.


114: It wasn't me

It’s the week that Brexit finally, perhaps irrevocably, broke politics. Theresa May, architect of this catastrophe, insists she’s the only person at Westminster who isn’t to blame. And in doing so, alienates the very MPs whose support she needs to keep her battered Brexit deal alive.

As the EU agrees a Brexit delay, we weigh up another inexplicable week on our rollercoaster ride out of the European Union, asking if there’s ever been a Prime Minister less willing to compromise or face up to scrutiny.

Labour’s leader throws a toddler’s tantrum at a time of national crisis, and the Speaker removes the last shreds of doubt that he’s very much on one side of the debate.

Plus we hear from some of the passionate supporters and opponents of Brexit, who stand outside Parliament every day with their banners and flags. What compels them to do it.

113: She's lost control, again

A chaotic, crazed week at Westminster sees the last tattered shreds of Theresa May’s authority disappear. Her Brexit deal is defeated, again; Parliament rules out leaving without a deal, and she comes within a whisker of losing any control of the process.

Now the Prime Minister plans one last attempt to force her deal through, before heading to Brussels to beg the EU for more time.

Her Cabinet ministers now routinely ignore her instructions, her government is on the verge of collapse. So far, Brexit’s going really, really well.

This week, we try to sum up these extraordinary events in less than 25 minutes. And insult fans of Lord of the Rings, just for the hell of it.


112: Simples

Another big week for Brexit. The Prime Minister finally admits she may not be able to take us out of the EU at the end of March. But if the last two years have got her nowhere, what would an extra three months do?

Labour, meanwhile, shifts position and backs a second referendum — but it doesn’t mean a vote is any more likely.

As if the party’s not in enough trouble, loyal Corbyn lieutenant Chris Williamson manages to cause yet another anti-semitism crisis.