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Why Remainer MPs’ approach to the Johnson deal fundamentally misunderstands parliament

In our parliamentary system, compromise is a necessity. If Remain-leaning MPs don't coalesce around a coherent plan soon, they'll be handing Johnson a stonking majority

By Jason Reed  

A man walks past a 'Stop Brexit' placard. Photo: PA

The House of Commons contains two division lobbies: one for the ‘Ayes’, and one for the ‘Noes’. As has become agonisingly clear in recent months, our Parliamentary system is essentially incapable of constructively dealing with issues where rather than MPs being presented with a binary policy choice, a menu of complex paths forward is on offer. There is no division lobby for “alternative customs arrangements.”

There is a majority in the House of Commons for the avoidance of…

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