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An historic reckoning is coming: the PM’s deal simply cannot be delivered

Few can say what will emerge as Britain is forced to improvise its constitution 

By Jonathan Lis  

Photo: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

The greatest government defeat in parliamentary history strikes when you draw mutually incompatible red lines and pretend you haven’t. When you spend three years lying to the faces of your colleagues and the voters who elected them. When you vastly overestimate your power and political capital and dismiss the interests and negotiating strength of your closest allies. When you behave as though a minority government is an absolute monarchy. When, through a combination of hubris and ineptitude, you fail to engage in even the remotest dialogue…

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