Today Theresa May’s desperation to win a vote in Parliament has led her to support two amendments to her ‘deal’ that would turn it into no deal at all – sending her back to the EU with a begging bowl and a request for the EU to do what it has always said it will not: remove the Irish backstop from the UK’s Withdrawal Agreement.
In effect, it amounts to tearing up the whole thing and begging the EU to start again – with just a couple of months to go until Brexit. May is plumbing new depths in the hope of anything that can be spun as even the thinnest of gruel.
At the same time, Labour has announced that it will back an amendment put forward jointly by Yvette Cooper and Tory Nick Boles to postpone Brexit day to allow time for a proper deal to be finalise.
One that the amendment’s success would make far likelier to be completed by a Labour government.
Labour’s leadership is looking at a delay of a few months, but the amendment would allow deferral until the year end. And Sky reported today that the even Downing Street is sufficiently aware that May’s dilemma is inescapable to be ‘war-gaming’ for a new general election as the only way out of May’s self-built dead end:
Those dismissing a general election and claiming that a – hugely divisive – new referendum is the UK’s route out of May’s mess are exposed yet again.
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