A meeting between Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn to break the Brexit deadlock has been revealed by Number 10 as a misjudged and somewhat late April Fools’ day gag.
The hilarious prank was originally scheduled to be delivered on the traditional April 1st but was delayed due to the traditional divisions in the Conservative party.
Having failed to reach a consensus over the weekend, the prime minister hosted a seven-hour meeting with her cabinet on April 2nd to thrash out the details of the jape.
Insiders say that Chris Grayling was against the Corbyn meeting altogether, instead favouring placing a tin of Tesco value beans on the Labour front bench ahead of PMQs.
Cabinet colleagues described Grayling’s plan as being “bloody brilliant” but May overruled them saying “it’s my joke or no joke at all.”
A straight-faced Mrs May delivered the invitation to Mr Corbyn in an awkward televised address on Tuesday evening, the Labour leader fell for the bait saying he would be “very happy” to meet with the PM.
“I respect the prime minister and often laugh at her, but the public want April Fools’ jokes on April Fools’ day, not two days later, it seems like she’s just been kicking the can down the road on this one.”
In a final twist, Mr Corbyn appears to have had the last laugh as the PM’s office failed to cancel the meeting and parliamentary protocol now dictates that she will have to go through with it.