Is cancelling Brexit the Prime Minister’s new default?

Robert Peston the chief political correspondent for ITV News discusses the possibility of cancelling Brexit.

A lot of people seem to think this was Theresa May’s game all along. I can’t see it myself. I can see her triggering Article 50, then calling a snap election trying to outflank the Labour Party, gambling on wiping out the Labour Party, leaving a clear path to get whatever exit she wanted.

Let’s not forget the Prime Minister tried to stop parliament from having any kind of say over the deal she struck. Probably because she could see from the outset what a hopeless venture it all was. Subsequent events have seen her cut off at every point, by Europe, by opposition. So vailed warnings of revoking Article 50 is just another attempt to force the critic in her own party into line.

I’d welcome her pulling the plug and revoking Article 50. It would keep us in Europe, and with luck destroy the Tories. Tory voting leavers would never forgive the betrayal. Remainers would never respect the party again. I’d call that a win.

Revoking Article 50 would certainly force a general election. At least then the parties could set out their stall, make their arguments, and let the will of the people be heard.

I’m sure it wouldn’t be the narrow split the commentators might like it to be.


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