THIS week is perhaps one of the most remarkable weeks I have witnessed since being elected in 2010, not least because is marked the first time the new government has won a vote in the House of Commons.

The Queen’s Speech laid out the government’s legislative agenda with a raft of good offerings, some of which are about delivering Brexit, others about Britain’s future opportunities and responsibilities, and a few about domestic issues.

Inevitably, there is some opposition. (The loudest howls of protests were about proposals for photographic voter identification at elections, the protests coming from a party that requires photographic identification to get into their conference.) The Queen’s Speech will be followed by a budget on the 6th November, completing the new government’s agenda.

But of course, all this is overshadowed by Brexit. Negotiations are ongoing for an agreement with the EU, to be ratified (or not) at the EU leaders summit this week. We will know where we are by Friday and Parliament is expected to be recalled on Saturday to vote through the new deal (or even, possibly, the old deal).

If successful, after some hasty drafting, we will start debating the Withdrawal Agreement Bill (WAB) next Tuesday. The plan is to complete this by Friday, and then the House of Lords start on Sunday 27, hopefully completing their role by Tuesday the 29th. The next couple of days sees Parliamentary ping pong as the bill bounces back and forth, resolving differences between the two houses, and it should receive Royal Assent on Thursday the 31. Then we leave the EU.

It’s a tight agenda. Back in the old days (last year), it was expected that the WAB would take three months to complete. There could be a load of amendments passed that may slow this up.

There is a lot of push back by colleagues against a no deal Brexit. Very few us disagree with the idea that a no deal Brexit runs the risk of being economically damaging. I have consistently supported the previous deal and unless the new one proposed by the PM is completely bonkers in every way, I intend to support it.

All this is going to be pushed forward by a government with a majority of minus 45. Historians are going to have a field day working through this lot and writing it up.