Brexit hemlock. Where to begin? First, British Prime Minister Theresa May offered to fall on her sword if her Conservative Party colleagues backed the European Union withdrawal agreement. A few notable Brexiteers indicated that this was sufficient to gain their vote, but it’s unlikely to be enough, especially after the small but influential Northern Ireland Unionist Party said it was still opposed. Then the speaker of the House of Commons reiterated that he would not permit a third “meaningful vote” on the deal unless it was substantially different from the first two. Finally, Parliament’s bid to take the wheel ended in a ditch. In an effort to find widespread support for any of eight alternative forms of Brexit, lawmakers failed to find a majority for anything. We’ll have more to say on the Brexit deadlock soon.
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