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Stuff like this is very useful if you do it before you negotiate. (You can do it behind closed doors, if you don't want the opposing party to know the results.)

Had they held this vote two years ago, it would have been clear that since there was no majority for any particular Brexit, and absolutely none without cross-party support, leaving an article 50 notification was foolish. Instead they could have had talks to figure out what Brexit - if any - could get support in parliament.

by fjallstrom on Thu Mar 28th, 2019 at 04:32:16 PM EST
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One of the things I took from Bob Altemeyer's The Authoritarians is Conservative's inability to construct a proper Theory of Mind:

Theory of mind is the ability to attribute mental states--beliefs, intents, desires, emotions, knowledge, etc.--to oneself, and to others, and to understand that others have beliefs, desires, intentions, and perspectives that are different from one's own.

The practical result is their "negotiating" (sic) tactic is to present a list of demands and and browbeat the other side until it agrees.  Which simply won't work if the other side is the more powerful.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Thu Mar 28th, 2019 at 04:55:53 PM EST
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