Will it be 200 or only 100? Might Theresa May surprise us all and lose by a mere 50 or 60 votes? It is a measure of the looking glass world of British politics that a crushing reverse on the most important piece of legislation the prime minister will ever introduce is discussed as a bump in the road rather than as the administration-ending loss it should be. Defeat on Tuesday for her Brexit plan has been so thoroughly priced in that MPs are almost blasé about what would be the most shattering rejection of any prime minister in modern times. To lose a vote on her withdrawal agreement by even a tiny margin would once have spelt the immediate end. Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party is almost duty bound to try to remove her with a vote of no confidence but, assuming she can see off that threat, what next? The UK will have a powerless prime minister who, even so, has defied efforts by both parliament and her own party to remove her. So much for “strong and stable”. Where once Tories worried th...

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