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A parliamentary paradox: What we learnt from last night’s Brexit indicative votes results

The shambolic proceedings in parliament last night tell us five things

By Guy de Jonquières  

Photo: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

Here is the Brexit shipping news: Westminster completely fogbound. Compass and charts gone missing. Captain offers to throw herself overboard in a desperate attempt to stop insubordinate crew mutinying. SS United Kingdom dangerously adrift, destination unknown. Or so it seems from yesterday evening’s unsuccessful efforts to determine a course for Britain’s departure from the European Union, barely two weeks before it is due to happen.

Five things can be said with reasonable plausibility, if not certainty, about the shambolic proceedings in parliament. First,…

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