By the look of it, Theresa May’s deal is dead on arrival – all 585 pages of it, thousands of man hours of painstaking negotiation in the making. This is more than a shame, because to my mind her plan did provide some sort of a viable path, however meandering, through the Brexit morasse that could eventually have led to the desired destination.
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|TONY BLAIR, THE TELEGRAPH|AIWA! NO!|To paraphrase Sherlock Holmes: when you exclude the impossible, what remains, however improbable, is the answer.
The only way out of the Brexit impasse is a further referendum. At some point Parliament should recognise this, and if the tactics of how it is voted upon aren’t bungled, should agree it. But the sooner the better.
The Theresa May deal should not pass Parliament. It is a bad deal, a million miles away from what people were promised from Brexit; and a deal which Members of Parliament would never in a thousand years vote for if they were voting purely on its merits.
We are going to spend billions of pounds, hire legions of civil servants, have more years of distraction whilst the challenges continue to pile.