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Does the thought of a facilitated customs arrangement make your eyes glaze over? Are you flummoxed by Norway, Norway Plus and Norway For Now? Are you (dare I say it) bored of Brexit?

Then you might be interested in Any Other Business – a new podcast and series of films on Sky News.

Sophy Ridge On Sunday has spent the last couple of years travelling to different parts of the country and talking to people – and we are increasingly aware of the serious domestic issues slipping down the political agenda.

As a result, we are going to switch our attention to “state of the nation” films on everything from housing to education, and we are launching a new interviews podcast where our guests are banned from mentioning the B word.

Here’s our reasoning: the longest ever parliament sat for 3,322 days from November 1640 until April 1653. It encompassed the English Civil War and the trial and execution of Charles I, and only ended when Oliver Cromwell called in his soldiers to force out MPs.

The second longest ever parliament is the one we are sitting in right now. And yet what, of substance, have MPs achieved in that time?

As the Brexit behemoth sucks all the attention away, little has been done in the way of legislation. MPs went an entire month without having a single vote.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May grimaces as she delivers a keynote speech in central London on May 21, 2019. - British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday outlined a series of incentives for MPs to support her Brexit deal, saying there was "one last chance" to end the deadlock. May called the draft legislation going before MPs next month a "new Brexit deal" to end the current political impasse which has delayed Brexit. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth / POOL / AFP)
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Theresa May might not be done with Brexit yet, but there will be no mention of it on Any Other Business

In the meantime, schools still struggle with funding, automation is set to transform the way we work, and tens of thousands of families are living in temporary accommodation.

And even when it comes to Brexit – despite the hand-wringing, the endless debates, the passion, the moments of high drama, the late night votes and early morning deals in Brussels – what has actually been done?

Nothing.

The prime minister wants to bring her withdrawal agreement back before the House of Commons for a fourth time – but it will almost certainly fail.

Then all options really are back on the table. That’s just a fancy way of saying that nothing has been decided. After all this time, we are back to square one.

The sun sets on parliament ahead of the vote on extending Article 50
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Westminster has got little of note done during this parliament

Don’t worry – we’ll still bring you the latest big political interviews every Sunday focusing on Brexit. But we will also try our very best to cover some of the serious issues that haven’t been getting attention.

On the Any Other Business Podcast, we’ll be speaking to politicians in wide-ranging, intimate interviews. The word Brexit is banned – and if anyone mentions it during the podcast, they will have to do a forfeit.

Our first guest is the Conservative MP and chair of the foreign affairs select committee Tom Tugendhat.

To listen, go to the Sky News app, and tune into Sophy Ridge on Sunday at 9am on Sunday.

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