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No deal is coming

As we wait to see how plan B and possible amendments go down in parliament, Playbook talks to a Brexit insider.

It was the Prussian general Helmuth von Moltke who first said that “no plan survives contact with the enemy”. Jean-Paul Sartre developed the point when he said that “in football, everything is complicated by the presence of the opposite team”. The boxer Mike Tyson put it more succinctly: “Everyone has a plan till they get punched in the mouth.”

Today, Theresa May brings her Brexit plan B to the Commons and MPs will be voting on amendments to a neutral motion laid down by the government. If ever there were proof of the collective wisdom of Moltke, Sartre and Tyson regarding the difference between theory and reality, it’s the Brexit process.

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