The PM has bought herself a little time but she may not have done enough to keep the Brexit secretary onside for long

David Davis stepped back and forth from the brink and back again before many people in Westminster had even digested their breakfast on Thursday, in a tense showdown over the terms of the Brexit backstop to avoid a hard border in Northern Ireland.

May’s premiership has seen the resignations of four cabinet ministers, but to lose her Brexit secretary might have been the fatal blow. Yet Davis was mollified in the end with a concession to insert an end date in the final text of the proposal, one that may ultimately carry little weight.

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