Parliament is as deadlocked as it was a month ago. Theresa May’s Brexit deal continues to satisfy neither Remainers nor Leavers and is widely expected to be defeated when MPs vote next week. It may prove difficult for May to continue as prime minister, but it is difficult to see any viable alternative. Whatever happens, MPs are unlikely to agree a way forward anytime soon.
Those who want Brexit at any cost, even if that entails no deal, are in the minority—as was made clear in the vote yesterday evening. Those who want to hand the decision back to the people in a second referendum have been gaining support. But another bitterly divisive campaign—one which might result in a majority voting for May’s deal or, worse, no deal—is surely not what most MPs want. And even in the Labour Party there is hesitation about a general election, the preferred solution of the leader, Jeremy Corbyn, a long-term Brexiteer, which in any case would not resolve the deadlock.
Yet, in this impasse, a clear majority in parliament agrees on this proposition—the voters reached the wrong decision in the 2016 referendum. When MPs voted two years ago to give the prime minister the power to trigger Article 50 (the process to start the UK’s withdrawal from the EU), most of them did so only because they felt bound by the referendum re…