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The best solution to Brexit

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It was the worst parliamentary defeat in the history of British democracy. The Brexit plan put forward by Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday went down by a landslide, 432 to 202.

Afterward, May addressed the House of Commons. “First,” she said, “to those who fear that the government’s strategy is to run down the clock to the 29th of March, that is not our strategy.” The caveat seemed unnecessary, since no could plausibly accuse her of having a strategy.

But then, neither does anyone else, which is why May, the Conservative Party leader, is still prime minister despite the no-confidence vote that Labour quickly called.

May survived that vote 325 to 306 Wednesday because no one else in her party has any more idea than she does about how to negotiate Britain’s departure from the European Union – at least not without doing violence either to democratic norms or to the British economy. Nor do they want to turn Parliament over to the radical-lefty stylings of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. And so, with the March 29 exit deadline barreling down upon them, many looked at their alternatives, shuddered and essentially voted “none of the above” – heartfelt, perhaps, but not exactly practical.

May made roughly that point........

© Daily Times