Im­age of the week May’s Christ­mas

The Irish Times - Business - - BUSINESS INTERVIEW -

Each bauble on this Down­ing Street tree rep­re­sents one of the log­i­cal im­pos­si­bil­i­ties at the heart of the Brexit project, while each pine cone sym­bol­ises a par­lia­men­tary de­feat suf­fered ei­ther this week or next by the Bri­tish gov­ern­ment.

This year’s tree has Scot­tish roots, ac­cord­ing to the Daily Mail, which amus­ingly sug­gests this is per­haps “a bid to ap­pease the Scots over the tur­bu­lent Brexit ne­go­ti­a­tions”.

But if MPs think Theresa May looks a lit­tle weary at the sight of the over­sized tree plonked out­side her front door, just wait un­til she can­cels Christ­mas by re­call­ing par­lia­ment be­fore the new year. In fair­ness, mass heart­burn, in­di­ges­tion and turkey co­mas are un­likely to worsen the qual­ity of the de­bate so far.

■ PHO­TO­GRAPH: SI­MON DAW­SON/BLOOMBERG

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