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Britain is on fire – and Theresa May is blocking the only safe exit

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“The United Kingdom will leave the European Union on 29 March 2019” joins “Strong and stable”, “Coalition of chaos”, “Magic money tree”, “Brexit means Brexit”, “Nothing has changed”, “No deal is better than a bad deal” and “There is not going to be a general election” in the graveyard of Theresa May’s doomed rhetoric. Her benighted ministry, a protracted wrestle with David Cameron for the title of “worst prime minister on their own terms since Lord North lost the American colonies”, stutters on thanks to Tory paralysis and cowardice. When did British politics become a plotline that would have been rejected by the creators of The Thick of It on the grounds that satire has to be believable to be funny? Sadly, long before May’s Brexit secretary Stephen Barclay took to the dispatch box to plead with MPs to vote to extend article 50, then marched off to the division lobbies to vote against it.

Our house is on fire – the Tories are the arsonists, manically splashing more petrol on the flames lapping at their own feet – and it is natural........

© The Guardian