Britain’s ship of state is steaming towards the iceberg of a no-deal Brexit. After the crushing parliamentary defeat of the exit deal Theresa May spent two years negotiating, the prime minister briefly opened her door to cross-party talks on alternative departure plans. But her mind stayed closed. Her strategy appears to be to run down the clock as the UK’s March 29 EU departure date approaches, leaving MPs facing a choice between her deal, or no deal. A catastrophic crash-out is becoming ever more likely. Parliament cannot allow this to happen. MPs should legislate against a no-deal outcome and seek to extend the Article 50 withdrawal process. They should then hold indicative votes to test support for other exit options. If none can win a majority and May’s deal remains deadlocked, this newspaper believes a further step will be needed. The issue should be returned to the British people in a second referendum. The prime minister’s EU exit deal is manifestly inferior to continued mem...

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