The Brexit storm resurged in August, embroiling the Queen, the courts, and Winston Churchill’s grandson

It was a quiet summer, albeit punctuated by the repeated pledges of Boris Johnson to take Britain out of the EU “do or die” – deal or no deal – on 31 October. Then quite suddenly, Britain’s long-running Brexit drama turned into a crisis.

The new prime minister found himself cornered: shorn of a Commons majority, obliged by furious MPs to beg for a Brexit extension he had sworn never to request, and prevented from calling the snap election he urgently wanted.

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