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<strong></strong>After May’s stunning defeat, what now? We’ve no choice: a second referendum
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After May’s stunning defeat, what now? We’ve no choice: a second referendum

Tuesday should have been the day that two years of electrifying political energy reached its end. It ought to have been a vote to heal wounds, unite us and bring together a nation bitterly divided over an issue which was always too big for a simple referendum. An irreversible change of course for our nation's history should have taken place, as Parliament gives Theresa May the nod on her Brexit deal. But that is not how things have played out. On Tuesday, Theresa May’s hard-fought Brexit compromise was crushed by Parliament by a majority of 230, the biggest government defeat in history. just 202 MPs supported her, and a stunning 432 voted against her. Whilst the defeat itself is an embarrassment for the Prime Minister, it goes far deeper than that. The entirety of the last two years mus...
<strong></strong>“The Brexit that was promised cannot be delivered”: Alastair Campbell talks exclusively to The Slant
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“The Brexit that was promised cannot be delivered”: Alastair Campbell talks exclusively to The Slant

Like and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. These are uncertain and volatile times; our country is in a perpetual state of limbo. This week, in particular, proved just how high the tensions are running around the Commons — with the abuse of journalist Owen Jones, and the heckling of Conservative MP Anna Soubry, who live on the BBC was repeatedly called a Nazi and a liar.  Then, on Tuesday and Wednesday, in an attempt to tie Theresa May’s hands, parliamentarians rightly took some control away from the executive and handed it back to Parliament. A rebellion of Tory backbenchers forced the Government into losing two historic votes in just under 24 hours; the first limiting the tax powers of the Government in the event of a ‘No-Deal’ Brexit; the second forcing Theres...
The ghosts of Christmas past have been resurrected for Brexit
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The ghosts of Christmas past have been resurrected for Brexit

I think it’s safe to say that Theresa May isn’t feeling very Christmassy, and while it would be a stretch to suggest that we might have a Scrooge on our hands, there has been recent and more frequent sightings of the ‘ghosts of political past’ ready to impart their wisdom on her — should we be listening? Truth or traitors? Familiar, yet aged, faces have been sprouting up throughout Brussels and elsewhere, with increasing frequency, as the deadline for Article 50 edges terrifyingly closer. Ex-Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Sir John Major have taken their defence of the EU and advocacy of a second referendum through the gears, with respective speeches in Belgium and Ireland, much to the dismay of Theresa who launched a seething attack on Blair. The current Prime Minister has suggeste...