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Brexit is a project built on unstable coalitions. Can the PM keep them together?

In parliament and the country different Leavers clamour for different—and contradictory—outcomes

By Kirsty Hughes  

Brexit dominated the headlines again in 2019. Photo: SOPA Images/SIPA USA/PA Images

Brexit lies mired, as ever, in the unpredictable quicksands of shifting coalitions. Tuesday’s twin votes—one for Johnson’s deal (at second reading) and one for delay—illustrated this perfectly.

Johnson succeeded in uniting Tory MPs behind his amended version of May’s deal for now—with many of the ex-Tory rebels lending support too. But he lost the DUP in the process. Some Labour and ex-Tory rebels voted for the Bill—to have a chance to amend it—but then went on to vote, quite rightly, that Johnson’s three-day timetable…

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