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Alban Maginness: Facing into the disaster of a 'no deal' Brexit, we should be seeing more leadership from SF and DUP 

7 5 23

Like Bob Cratchit's family in Charles Dickens' brilliant fairy tale A Christmas Carol, we happily tucked into our Christmas dinner at home, oblivious to the cares of the gloomy world outside. But in the real world of Christmas Present there was a ghostly feeling of unease and doom in the realpolitik of hard economics and financial truth.

The ghost of Christmas Future, in the shape of a 'no deal' Brexit, haunted the minds of many worried politicians, exasperated bureaucrats and anxious business people, who grimly anticipate the potential catastrophe of the UK failing to reach a deal for the deadline of March 29, 2019.

Since the beginning of the parliamentary debate on Theresa May's draft withdrawal deal it is very clear (bar a miracle) that her deal is doomed to failure.

Her own Conservative Party is so divided on this issue that, for her deal to pass in the House of Commons, the support of a substantial number of Labour members would be required to back her position.

Frankly, that support is not likely to happen as Eurosceptic Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is more interested in bringing about a general election than solving the greatest and most pressing political crisis to affect Britain........

© Belfast Telegraph