How to stop a juggernaut: sideline it!

Bath for Europe

Get over it! Brexit means Brexit. Done and dusted! You’ve probably had this type of response from the less well informed. Many in Parliament mouth similar sentiments. Yet most MPs know Brexit could be catastrophic and they want a deal that’s as close to membership as possible. That could mean ‘parking’ the application to leave while receiving the same kind of EU benefits currently enjoyed by Norway. At some point the Brexit process could be halted. From that ‘limbo’, as columnist Polly Toynbee calls it, re-admission could eventually follow.

Yet the Cabinet and some Labour MPs seem to fear the backlash that the Murdoch and Mail press, as well as the hooligan fringe in the far right, UKIP and the Tory grandstanders, could stir up. This is where we come in. Party leaders respond to backbench MPs and these respond to their constituents’ views, if they think ignoring them would…

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