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Brexit has turned a self-inflicted national tragedy into a box-office global farce

The lesson of this pantomime is that literally nobody knows what is happening or what they are doing

By Jonathan Lis  

A protestors placard lies in a pool of water outside the Houses of Parliament. Photo: PA

Britain has sunk so low that even our disasters have become hilarious. This week, the world looked on in baffled mirth as the Speaker John Bercow suddenly announced in the Commons that he would block a third meaningful vote on any Brexit motion that remained unchanged from the last one. He justified it using a convention from 1604 cited in Erskine May, the parliamentary rulebook.

The rule, which on its own is perfectly…

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