It all looks grim come what May

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News -

THERESA May’s Brexit Plan A is cer­tain to be thrown out by MPs on Tues­day.

She has no one to blame but her­self. She promised the earth and de­liv­ered a pail of scrappy sub­soil.

So what the na­tion re­quires from our Prime Min­is­ter now is Plan B. And by all ac­counts there isn’t one.

That is an un­for­giv­able dere­lic­tion of pub­lic duty. Our coun­try is fac­ing the big­gest up­heaval since the Sec­ond World War, and the great­est con­sti­tu­tional change since the Re­for­ma­tion. And we are served by a gov­ern­ment with about as much grip on it as Henry VIII had on mat­ri­mony.

De­feat for Mrs May means Par­lia­ment tak­ing back con­trol of Brexit.

And on present form, MPs will be no more co­her­ent than min­is­ters.

They are di­vided among them­selves, from hard Brex­i­teers to Peo­ple’s Vot­ers, Canada trade deal­ers to Nor­way plussers, cus­toms union­ists to sin­gle-mar­ke­teers.

What is clear is that when Mrs May’s deal fails, all that re­mains is No Deal. That would be a dis­as­ter.

So if MPs want to stop that, as they rightly do, they must with­draw Ar­ti­cle 50, which takes us out of the EU on March 29. That would be to re­nege on the re­sult of the 2016 ref­er­en­dum.

Talk about be­ing be­tween a rock and a hard place.

If Par­lia­ment is paral­ysed, then the de­ci­sion on next steps must be taken by the peo­ple.

But a sec­ond ref­er­en­dum is risky – as Nigel Nel­son ex­plains on this page.

That leaves Jeremy Cor­byn’s pre­ferred out­come, a Gen­eral Elec­tion.

Mrs May could cam­paign on a plat­form of her deal. The other half of the Tory Party for No Deal. Lib Dem and SNP band­wag­ons would play Re­main.

Labour’s Brexit po­si­tion re­mains opaque, but in­cludes per­ma­nent UK mem­ber­ship of a cus­toms union, which this news­pa­per sup­ports if Brexit is to go ahead.

But at least an elec­tion would give vot­ers the full range of Brexit choices we have so far been de­nied.

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