MPs returned to Westminster today, and amid the furore – with Attorney General Geoffrey Cox’s statement to the House, urgent questions from a slew of MPs, Sam Gyimah’s official defection to the Liberal Democrats and a performance by the Prime Minister – one unanswered question persists: despite everything, can Boris Johnson get a deal through Parliament, and if so, how? 

Let’s go back to basics. Johnson entered Number 10 on the pledge that he would take the UK out of the EU “do or die” on 31st October. His route to a no deal exit seems, for now, to have been scuppered. Parliament is denying the government an election until the threat of no deal is dead. A deal looks like the only way out of reneging on his central campaign promise.