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This defeat is the end of the Brexit PM. Bring on the general election

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Force-feed them back their words. Theresa May’s deal was “even worse” than staying in the EU, declared Dominic Raab, the Brexit secretary who resigned to oppose a deal he helped negotiate. This is a man who once publicly confessed he didn’t understand Britain’s reliance on the Dover-Calais crossing.

The deal would turn Britain into a “vassal state”, declared Boris Johnson, a man who had penned a column backing remain days before, endorsing leave; it was “about as bad as it could possibly be”.

Jacob Rees Mogg, a man who believes women who seek abortions after being raped are committing a “second wrong”, upped the ante on absurd hyperbole, denouncing the deal as “the greatest vassalage since King John”, which would turn Britain into a “slave state”.

And yet they all loyally trooped through the division lobbies to vote, in their own words, for vassalage, slavery and a worse deal than EU membership. Why?

It’s for the same reason that Britain is currently in an international tailspin: because the perceived partisan interests of the Tories – less of a........

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