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Last night’s vote confirms that Brexit is heading towards the rocks

A former ambassador to the European Community says there is an urgent need for a change in policy 

By David Hannay  

Theresa May leaves Parliament after defeat on Thursday night. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/PA Images

What can be learned from the government’s 45 vote defeat in the Commons last night on a motion so anodyne and so ambiguous as to defy analysis?

Well, first, that Theresa May’s Brexit strategy of stubborn procrastination has been holed, possibly beneath the water line. Secondly that, if loyalty ever was the secret weapon of the Conservative Party, it is that no longer; the excuse given by members of its oddly named European Research…

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