HOW do you solve a problem like getting a Brexit deal?

That is the question Prime Minister Theresa May has in reality been unable to answer in two-and-a-half years.

We have now reached peak debate on people's preferred solutions and outcomes, but as each day passes and we are closer to March 30, nothing is changing - we are in exactly the same place as we were when article 50 was triggered in May 2017.

Last week we had the vote on the PM's deal that many commentators assumed was dead after it suffered the worse defeat in parliamentary history. The defeat of such a key policy in 'normal' times would have been enough to bring a PM down, but these are far from normal times.

And it was crazy to see 230 MPs vote against her deal but less than 24 hours later the PM was surviving a vote of no confidence with the majority of their support.

Worcester's MP Robin Walker, a Brexit minister in May's government, remains adamant the only way to prevent no deal is to get a deal. But is a deal right now realistic?

May's talks appear to be going nowhere, and her new plan B presented on Monday looks basically a plan A rerun.

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Each side of the debate, People's Vote backers, second referendum supporters, the hard and soft Brexit camps, and no deal Brexiteers, are now so firmly entrenched in their positions there appears no compromise possible.

And as for speculation MPs in parliament will take control and solve this through amendments, there is no guarantee that will work.

So things will eventually reach a point the PM will have four choices: 1. Change course and go for a soft Brexit deal and try and get that through parliament, 2. Accept its a no deal and ramp up preparations, 3. Announce a second referendum or 4. Call a general election in an attempt to change Commons arithmetic in her favour.

Before choosing one though, I continue to predict the PM will extend article 50, as that will buy her more time. With less than 70 days left, the temptation will be too much.

As for which of the options the PM ultimately goes for who knows. Reports in the national press suggest a snap general election 'within weeks'. An election would be dramatic but in the end, perhaps inevitable.