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Alban Maginness: Second referendum on Brexit might be only option if PM is defeated in the Commons 

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In July, Lord Adonis, a former Education Secretary under Tony Blair, visited Queen's University to campaign for a second referendum on Brexit. At the time, it seemed like a fanciful idea, doomed to inevitable failure.

A colourful and entertaining speaker, Lord Adonis gave a persuasive lecture on the need for a second referendum to stop the inevitable calamity of Brexit.

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He spoke very much from the viewpoint of a British parliamentarian, but he had surprisingly little of note to say about Northern Ireland, although he emphasised the need for a soft border in Ireland.

He spoke as an ardent Remainer and a very strong Europhile. It may well be that his Cypriot parentage has made him a natural Europhile.

His audience was receptive and evidently supportive of the rather elastic concept of a second referendum on the issue of Europe.

But, at the time, his idea was not regarded as a realistic, or practical, alternative to the grinding process of the United Kingdom Government negotiating Brexit with our European........

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