Post­pone Brexit... it’s not too late

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NO mat­ter which road Theresa May goes down she finds her­self in a cul-de-sac.

If she goes ahead with Tues­day’s big Brexit vote she faces cer­tain de­feat. If she de­lays she just faces de­feat an­other day.

Last week Mrs May lost con­trol of Parliament. Her stub­born­ness means she will be un­able get it back this week.

The PM has been so adamant she can­not ne­go­ti­ate a dif­fer­ent deal with the EU she has put her­self in the po­si­tion of be­ing un­able to ne­go­ti­ate any­thing new at all.

Even Cabi­net min­is­ters re­fer to it as the PM’s plan to dis­tance them­selves from it. Mrs May and her Brexit brand go hand in hand.

And when MPs re­ject one on Tues­day they will be end­ing the premier­ship of the other.

Mrs May will prob­a­bly win a con­fi­dence vote if Labour calls one. But un­less she can find a way to make her Brexit more palat­able to Parliament, she’s done for. Only the tim­ing of her de­par­ture is in ques­tion.

It is pos­si­ble Jeremy Cor­byn can win his own con­fi­dence vote in the Com­mons and be­come PM with­out an elec­tion.

It is pos­si­ble Mrs May will stand aside in favour of an in­terim PM from her party.

That will just lead to a messy lead­er­ship con­test cast­ing the coun­try adrift and leav­ing Brexit be­calmed.

Even if Am­ber Rudd’s pro­posal for Bri­tain to adopt Nor­way’s re­la­tion­ship with Europe was ac­cepted, it would take time to ne­go­ti­ate. That is why this news­pa­per be­lieves Ar­ti­cle 50, which takes us out of the EU, must be with­drawn.

We can­not con­tinue with Brexit until there is some con­sen­sus over what form it will take.

The al­ter­na­tive is to leap over a cliff like a bunch of lem­mings to cer­tain disas­ter.

We are not sug­gest­ing Brexit should be aban­doned, only post­poned. Our politi­cians have let us down. And until they grow up, get real and start act­ing in the na­tional in­ter­est in­stead of their own, Brexit can­not pro­ceed.

We are now en­ter­ing the most tur­bu­lent political times since the Sec­ond World War. Just when Bri­tain cries out for in­spired lead­er­ship, we get none.

That is why Mrs May is not the only one stuck in a cul-de-sac. The na­tion is too.

CAN­CER is an es­pe­cially cruel blow to teenagers. Just as they are start­ing out on life they have to cope with the fear it might end.

That’s why the spe­cial­ist nurses and sup­port work­ers of the Teenage Can­cer Trust are so im­por­tant.

And why the Sun­day Mir­ror has cho­sen the char­ity for this year’s Christ­mas cam­paign.

Fund­ing a youth sup­port co-or­di­na­tor for an hour costs £25, a spe­cial­ist nurse £30.

But any amount you can do­nate will make a dif­fer­ence to help­ing fright­ened young­sters this Christ­mas.

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