European Council

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:45 pm on 23rd October 2017.

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Photo of Martin Vickers Martin Vickers Conservative, Cleethorpes 3:45 pm, 23rd October 2017

Over the weekend, television broadcasters and newspapers have repeatedly used a photograph in which the German Chancellor and the French President are covering their mouths. Viewers of “Match of the Day” will be familiar with that pose, which is usually adopted by managers and coaches on the bench when they do not want the opposition to see their change of tactics. Does my right hon. Friend detect a change of tactics among our European colleagues, and does she think that they have ruled out victory, fear defeat, or are playing for a score draw?