His­toric week ahead as Brexit vote ar­rives at long last

The long-awaited vote on Theresa May’s Brexit vote to­mor­row will start a dra­matic week ahead likely to shape the coun­try’s fu­ture for years to come. Chris Burn re­ports.

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The mo­ment of truth for Theresa May’s much-dis­cussed and fre­quently-derided Brexit deal will fi­nally ar­rive to­mor­row evening when MPs de­cide whether to sup­port the with­drawal agree­ment pro­pos­als she has put for­ward – un­less of course the vote is postponed at the last minute again, as it was last month.

Mrs May is ex­pected to fall to a heavy de­feat in the House of Com­mons – deep­en­ing the cur­rent po­lit­i­cal cri­sis grip­ping Par­lia­ment with two-and-ahalf months to Brexit.

It re­mains to be seen what will hap­pen after the vote if her With­drawal Agree­ment fails but Mrs May has pre­vi­ously said that the op­tions fac­ing the coun­try are her deal, no deal or no Brexit at all.

How­ever, it is pos­si­ble that re­jec­tion of the cur­rent agree­ment may lead to Brus­sels de­cid­ing to re­open ne­go­ti­a­tions once again.

None­the­less it would take a brave per­son to con­fi­dently pre­dict what the next few days will bring as mo­men­tous de­ci­sions about the fu­ture of the coun­try are taken.

The stakes could barely be higher. As For­eign Sec­re­tary Jeremy Hunt warned on Fri­day: “If we were, as a po­lit­i­cal class, not to de­liver Brexit, that would be a fun­da­men­tal breach of trust be­tween the peo­ple and the politi­cians. I think that is some­thing that we would re­gret for many, many gen­er­a­tions.”

HOUS­ING SPOT­LIGHT

Brexit uncer­tainty has been blamed for a re­cent slow­down in the hous­ing mar­ket, par­tic­u­larly in Lon­don and the South-East.

More in­for­ma­tion about the cur­rent pic­ture will come to light later this week, with an Of­fice for Na­tional Sta­tis­tics house price study be­ing pub­lished on Wed­nes­day, fol­lowed by a UK Fi­nance re­port on mort­gages the fol­low­ing day. Home own­ers, first-time buy­ers and es­tate agents are sure to be watch­ing with in­ter­est.

TUN­ING IN

She prob­a­bly will have al­ready started by the time you have picked up to­day’s paper but Zoe Ball is be­gin­ning a new era for Ra­dio 2 to­day as the first fe­male pre­sen­ter of the sta­tion’s flag­ship Break­fast Show – tak­ing over from Chris Evans who has moved back to Vir­gin Ra­dio.

It’s one of sev­eral sched­ule changes at the sta­tion fol­low­ing Evans’ nine-year ten­ure com­ing to an end as well as Si­mon Mayo’s de­ci­sion to leave his af­ter­noon show – Ry­lan Clark-Neal is join­ing to take over Ball’s week­end slot and there are new week­day pro­grammes for Jo Whi­ley, Trevor Nel­son and Sara Cox, who moves to Driv­e­time.

Ball will still con­tinue with her Strictly: It Takes Two spin-off show when Strictly Come Danc­ing re­turns to screens later in the year.

Her ap­point­ment has caused some con­tro­versy, with for­mer Top Gear pre­sen­ter Jeremy Clark­son sug­gest­ing men can no longer get jobs at the BBC. She told the Daily Mir­ror she had got the job on merit. “I’ve al­ways felt all the jobs I’ve ever got are on merit. I’m such a Beeb girl, they’ve al­ways been great to me,” she said. “I’ve worked at ITV and Chan­nel 4, but the BBC has al­ways felt like home. I re­ally hope ev­ery­one says, ‘She got the job as she was the right per­son’.”

GEAR­ING UP

Speak­ing of Jeremy Clark­son, fans of the mo­tor­ing pre­sen­ter will be ex­cited to know the lat­est se­ries of his show The Grand Tour is on the hori­zon.

A screen­ing and launch event will take place in Lon­don on Tues­day, at­tended by Clark­son and his co-hosts Richard Ham­mond and James May.

Fans won’t have long to wait to see it for them­selves – the new se­ries will be­come avail­able on Ama­zon Prime on Fri­day. Mon­go­lia, Colom­bia and Hong Kong are all ex­pected to fea­ture as lo­ca­tions in this year’s episodes.

UN­DER PRES­SURE: Can Theresa May con­found ex­pec­ta­tions that she will lose a vote on her Brexit plan?

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