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The Spectator Podcast: does parliament have a plan for Brexit?

18 January 2019

4:48 PM

18 January 2019

4:48 PM

Over the next couple of weeks, parliament gears up for another meaningful vote. But can Theresa May win around enough MPs – 116 – to pass the Withdrawal Agreement the second time around? To do so, she may well have to soften her Brexit vision into something that looks more like Norway. But if that’s still not enough, then unless Article 50 is revoked or extended, we are surely left with a no-deal Brexit. None of these options look likely for a variety of reasons, but as James Forsyth writes in this week’s cover piece, ‘by the evening of 29 March, one of three seemingly impossible things must happen.’ So, what next? In this week’s podcast, Isabel Hardman strategises the coming weeks with Katy Balls, Henry Newman, and Paul Mason.

Plus, what is the purpose of social housing? With a short supply of properties and a waiting list of over a million families, should better-off tenants vacate their properties to make way for the needier? Mark Piggott lives in a council-owned five-bed house with his wife and two children, and writes in this week’s magazine that social housing shouldn’t turf out the better-off. Mark joins the podcast with Luke Doonan, social housing expert.


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