The Prime Minister has cancelled several meetings this morning after a tricky turnstile negotiation in the Brussels Eurostar terminal delayed her return to the UK.
The talks with the European Council concluded in the early hours of the morning with the Europeans predictably agreeing to reject the two-month extension in favour of a six-month extension.
Sources close to the EU say that a six-month extension was specifically chosen so the British tabloids could enjoy some cheap Halloween metaphors in the late editions.
Following a brief press conference, the PM’s entourage headed to the Eurostar terminal to catch the last train back to London.
On entering the terminal, the Prime Minister’s negotiating skills were once again tested, this time by a mechanical gate.
Eurostar employees at the scene report that the PM approached the turnstile confidently but as she got nearer to the inflexible border problem seemed to lose all direction.
“She was like one of those tourists you see with a family of six”, Eurostar employee Jules Janssens said.
“She got to the turnstile, stood right in front of it blocking the other passengers.
“First she couldn’t find her ticket, then she didn’t know how to use her ticket.
“We tried to help, but she kept telling us that she was in control and would negotiate the turnstile all by herself.”
The UK team eventually boarded the Eurostar after aids made a brief call to Jeremy Corbyn for advice.
Along with the headline “Brexit to haunt the UK”, late editions of the Telegraph feature stock photos of Boris Johnson confidently negotiating the turnstiles on the London underground.