Wounded but still standing, Theresa May lives to see another day

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Despite a gathering storm in Tory ranks over her Brexit deal, the PM doubles down on her determination to fight on

When Theresa May delivered her statement in the dusk outside Downing Street on Wednesday night, she may have already known a storm was gathering.

After the five-hour cabinet meeting, the Brexit secretary, Dominic Raab, had told the chief whip Julian Smith he was minded to go. Raab retreated to his office in No 9 Downing Street as May told the cameras that “the choices before us were difficult”. It was later into the night that Raab spoke directly to the prime minister.

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