Theresa Marr is the first woman to head a UK government since Winston Churchill in 1945.
She is also the first prime minister to have served in every Cabinet since the late 1930s.
She’s also a lifelong student of the history of Britain and one of the countrys foremost authorities on British politics.
Her new role as Prime Minister is not just the culmination of a remarkable career, it’s a moment of reckoning.
It was a long time coming.
Marr was only in the job for five months before her coronavirus scare forced her to step down and leave the Tories in chaos.
The Tories were torn between those who wanted to stay in government and those who felt they needed to move on.
In the end, it was a matter of prioritising.
I spoke to Marr at the start of the new year, just after she’d been sworn in.
We sat in the same conference room, with Marr, the new Cabinet Secretary, Amber Rudd and Damian Green all in attendance.
They are all in the Cabinet.
This was the first time Marr was in the Prime Minister’s Office.
As soon as I sat down, she told me: “It’s great to be back in this position.”
I felt a bit like a tourist.
“Thank you,” she said, before heading for her office.
From the moment I arrived, I felt a sense of anticipation.
For a while I was expecting something different.
But then she introduced me to the people in the room, who were not exactly a crowd of people.
Marr had been working in the Foreign Office for three years.
Her husband was a barrister, and she was educated at a school in London.
On the first day, she had been invited to a dinner with her new colleagues.
Everyone was very welcoming, and they were also very happy to see her.
There was a lot of excitement in the conference room.
At one point, I asked if she could take the microphone.
No, she said.
That was strange.
What I didn’t expect was how nervous she was.
A week later, I received a call from her to ask if she wanted to go on a two-week tour of the Government.
And that’s when things started to get really serious.
When I arrived to meet her, there were three other women in the office.
She was nervous.
Every time I asked her to take her microphone, she would stop and ask me: “Can I take it?”.
It wasn’t until a few days later, during a meeting with the Cabinet, that Marr realised how much she’d miss her colleagues and how much her colleagues missed her.
“When I was working as a barrist and I would sit in the back of the room and people would ask me questions about what I’d been doing,” she told the RTE programme The Home Office: A Life in Pictures, “I didn’t really understand the importance of being able to speak.
Being in the public eye was very, very important.
I was very lucky to have had that privilege, but I realised it was also very, much harder.”
But despite the pressures of the situation, she kept going.
Throughout her time in the UK, Marr worked in every Department of State she was asked to, including Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
She was part of the team that wrote the UK’s Brexit deal and is responsible for shaping its implementation.
After Brexit, Marrs new role is to take on the task of helping to deliver the UKs Brexit deal.
Since taking up her new post, Marrs role has been to make sure that the Government implements the Brexit deal, which will see Britain leave the EU by March 2019.
Under Marr’s leadership, the Government has made progress on its first two key areas: the withdrawal process and the negotiations on a trade deal with the EU.
All eyes are now on the negotiations.
If Brexit fails, there will be no trade deal.
The UK will have to negotiate with the rest of the EU on an exit deal.
But Marrs vision for the future is clear.
Withdrawal is not the end of the story.
Despite the UK leaving the EU, the UK will still have free access to the Single Market.
Britain’s trading relationship with the other 27 countries will remain unchanged.
To ensure this, the EU will have the final say over the future of the single market.
So far, the government has shown a keen interest in this.
Although Brexit is still being negotiated, it is likely that the UK could have a deal in place in two or three years time.
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