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Brexit end game begins

By Bridget Osborne

Brexit end game begins 10 July 2018

Oh joy. As the Editor of Ian Dunt put it yesterday: “I think I preferred it when we were good at diplomacy and shit at football”. For him yesterday’s political high drama was “fun”. The BBC’s Laura Kunessberg said at times the Brexit process felt like a bad novel where you got bogged down in too much detail and lost the plot, but now it was like a fast paced political thriller. Very exciting if you’re in the thick of it at Westminster, but what might be more helpful is something like a manual or a self help book.

The Foreign Secretary and Secretary of State for Exiting the EU resigning is dramatic, I get it. The prospect of the Conservative party in open warfare is entertaining, if you like that sort of thing. But what’s profoundly depressing is that there doesn’t seem to be a majority in parliament for any Brexit deal. It’s hard to see how the Prime Minister’s plan would be accepted by Tory and Labour Europhobes but it’s equally difficult to imagine a hard Brexit being passed by Labour and Conservative Europhiles. The divisions go deep in both main parties.

Rupa Huq MP, speaking in parliament yesterday

What do our MPs have to say about it?

Ruth Cadbury, MP for Brentford and Isleworth, gleefully dissed the Government: “perhaps the most shambolic government for decades in complete chaos”.

Rupa Huq calls for a People’s Vote

Rupa Huq, MP for Ealing Central and Acton, took the opportunity to call for a People’s Vote. She told parliament “Now that even senior members of the Government are resigning. DeXEU’s Midnight Runners and the Foreign Secretary, because they think that we’re headed for a bad Brexit deal, can I suggest to her (Teresa May) that at the end of the negotiations she could put herself in a strong position by holding People’s Vote to validate the final deal”.