On Tuesday this parliamentary session had its 300th sitting day, making it the longest parliament since the Civil War, although it still has some way to go to match the 13 years of the long parliament. It was yet another sign of what unusual times we live in and the extent to which the Brexit impasse has paralysed politics. This was also expected to be the week that the Labour-Conservative talks on a Brexit deal broke down, instead they continued on life support for at least a few more days, with Labour still signalling it would not sign up to an agreement without significantly more movement from the government. Meanwhile the pan-European election campaign came to Britain when former Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt, arguably the most prominent supporter of a European super state and star of a recent fly-on-the-wall BBC documentary, joined up with Vince Cable in London.
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