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Unless something extremely strange happens in the next couple of days, it is now, really, nearly over. Several cabinet ministers have told me they expect Theresa May to announce her departure from Downing Street tomorrow. A senior minister said: "She's going to go - if it's to be done, it's best to be done quickly.". Another said it would be "unforgivable" for her to try to stay on now. One of those who has been most loyal to her said: "It might be tomorrow or Saturday, but it can't be past Sunday.". Multiple sources have said they expect the prime minister to give the timetable for her successor to be chosen tomorrow, with 10 June likely to be the start of the official leadership contest. ... Full story

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