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Resigning as PM may be Boris's final hope - and his best option to deliver Brexit

House of Lords approves law against no-deal, Berlin, Germany - 21 Aug 2019 
Mr Johnson’s options are narrowing rapidly

The Tory leader may have played the wrong hand

Let’s be honest: the House of Commons has never been the most genteel of parliamentary debating chambers. Even its architecture is an invitation to a punch-up, with MPs separated by red lines marking the distance of two swords’ lengths.

The benches face each other to replicate the first permanent Commons chamber on the site, St Stephen’s Chapel. After the fire of 1834, the new forum was deliberately designed by Charles Barry to be too small for the number of members and it remained so even after its post-war revamp by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, giving the impression of always being packed to the rafters on momentous days.

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