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2. Have a general election fought on the specifics  of her deal, no deal, and no Brexit and hope the results throw up a clear majority for one of the above.

I don't know what that looks like. Our FPTP elections are (at best) fought on manifestoes (for those who bother to read them). Given only two significant parties, both divided into multiple factions, how would you represent three definitive options in two GE manifestoes? The current Labour proposal is not even one of those three.

The chance of a GE resolving this chaos is, I believe, minimal. A referendum would be clearer, with those three options on the paper.

But a referendum that returned "Stay In" leaves the ERG to carry on the 50 year fight of their predecessors and leaves the UK disrupting the business and evolution of the EU, whatever that path is. With the damage already done to the UK economy and other global uncertainties of the next years, the inevitable UK further decline would be blamed by the Leavers on the EU and Staying In.

'No Deal' is not only looking more likely; it may be the only way to break out of the current delusions, albeit a very dangerous path and painful lesson. My impression is that a number of leaders of the EU27 have concluded that.

At least it will teach the proponents of WTO the difference between "WTO Rules" and "WTO Default Terms".

by oldremainmer48 on Wed Mar 13th, 2019 at 09:55:21 AM EST
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I think it is clear the EU is better off without the UK.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Wed Mar 13th, 2019 at 03:39:14 PM EST
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Yes, that has been clear for quite a while. The UK has been the epitome of 'perfidious Albion', trolling the EU from within and stepping it up on the way out.

It's always about the benjamins for the Brits, a nation of shopkeepers. The idealism, however ingenuous, felt in the EU for a closer unity has had its share of pragmatism for sure, but for the UK that's all there is.

A cynically insular posture that completely misses the point of having an EU at all.

Tawdry and embarrassing... and not over yet!

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Fri Mar 15th, 2019 at 08:32:12 PM EST
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