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May’s problem? There’s no deal she can negotiate that will match up with Brexiteer fantasy

Experts may warn of the risks of no-deal. But they're no match for the hard Brexiteers' visions of British national greatness

By Thomas Maidment  

Pro-Brexiteer campaigners stage a rally outside Downing Street. Photo: PA

There are few surviving phrases in the English language with the bombast and pestiferous capacity of “a people’s vote”. While the term is merely a populist synonym for a referendum, the charged egalitarian language behind “a people’s vote” can tempt and entice the politically disenchanted into action. It bestows on the average citizen the tools of revolt; replacing pitchforks and flaming torches with pencils and a streamlined, simplified proposition.

Herein lies the problem. Whatever the individual’s…

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