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There is a way to topple Theresa May and stop a no-deal Brexit

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Democracy! Can’t live with it! Can’t live without it! How grim to be an MP in this parliament. Resolved to do your best for the nation, as well as your constituents, according to your beliefs, yet you’re faced with Brexit and the intervention of the inconclusive referendum in the UK’s democratic processes. There’s a rudderless government, a shouty prime minister who has no authority and an opposition who is playing at politics. And these are the leaders of political parties whose whips you are expected to follow. The referendum result wasn’t only inconclusive, it was flawed and is even tainted with criminality. Yet no one with any actual power mentions that.

There’s a vacuum in leadership. MPs may look longingly at some of their colleagues, hoping that one day they may take the reins, but they know that they are stuck with the hand they’ve been dealt to play out this particularly gruelling game. But is it unwinnable? When this parliament is finally put out of its misery, what will MPs have to show for it? It’s bleak. Why would you go in to politics?

As the countdown to crashing out of the EU with no deal, like the Doomsday clock, approaches midnight, all is not lost. Our MPs may have been put into an impasse by the UK’s prime minister, but other aspects of our democracy can still come to the rescue. The unelected House of Lords and democracy do not necessarily go hand in hand, but within the UK system, the Lords play an essential role in upholding the core elements of........

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