May prepared to blow up her Tory family and put Brexit in Labour's hands

Sky News | 4/3/2019 | Staff
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It was a long wait in Downing Street on Tuesday afternoon.

Cabinet disappeared behind the famous black door just after 9am and didn't emerge until tea time as the prime minister and her top team embarked on a marathon cabinet session to try to break the Brexit impasse.

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After over seven hours of negotiations, the prime minister - still with her cabinet under lock and key - delivered a statement from No 10.

She was going to do what she had been resisting for months and try to find a cross-party deal to deliver Brexit.

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It was the ultimate pivot from a dyed-in-the-wool Conservative prime minister who decided to put the interests of her people above her party.

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It must have been a difficult decision for a woman who has treated the Conservative Party as her family for decades.

When her Brexit deal was voted down by a record-breaking margin in January this year, there was a tussle in No 10 over whether the prime minister should dilute her red lines to find a way through on the back of Labour votes.

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But in the end Mrs May chose to side with her Brexit ultras, returning to Brussels to renegotiate her Brexit deal in a bid to win over her die-hard Brexiteers and the DUP.

"She's finally realised the only votes that can get through are on her side and everyone else wants to destroy her," one Brexiteer told me in February, a month after her Brexit deal was defeated for the first time.

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Try as she might, Mrs May could not get her deal to pass, despite even offering herself up in exchange for Brexiteer support.

Three times she tried, only to lose by 230 votes, then 149 and then 58. With friends like that who needs enemies?

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And so on Tuesday the prime minister - who colleagues tell me...
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