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Could the new Independent Group bring down the government—and prompt a general election?

We can see that they are shaking up Westminster. But we still don’t know if this is a durable group—or exactly what it will do about forcing an election or halting Brexit

By Tom Clark  

Sarah Wollaston, Anna Soubry and Heidi Allen announced today they are leaving the Tory Party. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/PA Images

After a year of wrestling with “Brexit means Brexit,” and what a meaningful vote really means, Westminster watchers are more practised than they used to be at syntactic analysis. That’s just as well. Because with the rise of The Independent Group, there is now a pressing practical need to pull apart and inspect such fundamental terms as “party,” “opposition” and—as of this lunchtime—even “join.”

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