What is going to happen over Brexit? Like everybody else, I do not know the answer. But I can say what should happen. The answer is a second referendum. Unlike many Remainers, I do not take that view with enthusiasm. On the contrary, I recognise the dangers. But the unreasonable behaviour of Brexiters has left no other course. Their determination to pursue the catastrophic option of a “no-deal” Brexit, rather than accept compromise, leaves no alternative to asking voters to vote again. I have never wavered in my view that Brexit is a disastrous course. The UK would be rendered impoverished and irrelevant, relative to what it would be as an influential member of the EU. The propositions of Brexiters about the golden future awaiting “global Britain” are fantasies. I have also never wavered in the view that referendums are a dangerous way to resolve issues, particularly when one of the options — Leave, in this case — was so undefined. It allowed Leavers to promulgate illusions and so c...

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