The overwhelming and decisive rejection by British MPs of Prime Minister Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement with the EU is a shattering blow to her authority. She spent two years negotiating a deal, which in substance is the opposite of what she said she wanted in public, only to see it repudiated by parliament. Her minority government has now been defeated on no fewer than 28 occasions. Britain is leaving the EU within weeks and May leads a cabinet that is hopelessly split, a party that is riven with disagreements and a country that is deeply divided. Yet the UK does not have to settle for the Hobson’s choice of the May deal or no deal. The trouble is the Tory party is split between those who want a deal and those who do not. May has intensified the divisions within her party, rather than resolve them. In the current circumstances, there is no majority in parliament for any of the alternative Brexit deals. This could lead to a disaster: Britain crashing out of the EU without a deal...

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