For all the excitement over last night’s votes in Parliament, which felt like a bad score draw on a wet Tuesday night – today we are dangerously no further forward in solving the deadlock in Parliament than we were before, and with the clock ticking towards 29 March the country faces a stalemate risking jobs, livelihoods and our national security.
And far from making a People’s Vote less likely, the Parliamentary impasse makes handing the final say back to the people more necessary than ever.
In truth there is no form of Brexit that fulfils the promises made in 2016, is as good a deal as the one we’ve got inside the EU – or will prevent this crisis carrying on forever as successive governments go back and forth to Brussels trying to make sense of something that makes no sense for the UK.
What last night’s votes did confirm is that there is no majority for either a ‘no-deal’ Brexit or for the Prime Minister’s original plan – which even Theresa May herself now does not support.
Instead, the Prime Minister is heading back to Brussels having received orders from Jacob Rees-Mogg’s Brexit extremists to negotiate a revised deal.
Dozens of Conservative MPs who have stated reasons to oppose the original deal that go way beyond the Irish backstop have now declared they are ready to vote for a different plan that is designed only to protect their party’s interests – at the price of taking huge risks with peace in Ireland.