Ahead of the crunch vote on her maligned Brexit deal, Theresa May gave an important speech at a factory in Stoke-on-Trent... in front of a load of mugs.

Speaking at the Portmeirion factory in the Potteries, the prime minister warned MPs that voting against her deal with the EU will cause 'catastrophic harm' and could bring a halt to Brexit altogether.

However, the backdrop for this otherwise serious announcement, of fine china, didn't escape people. And as sure as day turns to night, the jokes began to rain in.

Although The Thick of It finished in 2012, it appears that it was at least seven years ahead of its time.

As always, it proved to be a perfect metaphor for Brexit and the current state of the Tory party.

HT Evening Standard

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