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The Brexit “meaningful vote” is shaping up to be one huge game of constitutional chicken

And MPs will be playing it in a great fog of ignorance

By Rafael Behr  

Few things encapsulate the spirit of Brexit better than uncertainty over the meaning of the “meaningful vote” that parliament will have on the terms of departure from the European Union.

Theresa May has never liked the idea of MPs meddling in the negotiations, still less the idea that they might wield a veto over the outcome. But her preference for total executive control, not unusual in prime ministers, proved unacceptable to the Commons. Last year, ministers were prodded into confirmation that the final deal would be the subject of a vote and,…

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