Postpone Brexit... it’s not too late
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 That is why this newspaper believes Article 50, which takes us out of the EU, must be withdrawn.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.
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