Returning officers have been told to start preparing for a ‘snap’ general election, as the reality of Commons arithmetic sinks into Theresa May’s thinking.
There is no realistic prospect of May’s deal passing the Commons, but neither is there a viable majority for either a no-deal Brexit or an appetite for a new referendum with ‘remain’ as an option.
This means that the only means of breaking the deadlock – which the so-called “people’s vote” could never provide – is a general election, forcing May’s hand and, in view of her promise to her party not to lead the Tories into the next election, spelling the end of her career.
Corbyn’s strategy of refusing to give May an ‘out’ by taking sides against leavers and instead continuing to fight for the best compromise result for both leavers and remainers looks to be about to bear fruit.
If things progress as expected this week as the Commons debates and prepares to vote on May’s dismal excuse for a deal, then Corbyn will – yet again – be shown to have not only chosen a wise course but to have played it skilfully.
Not that you’ll hear that in the Establishment media, of course.
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