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The government is neglecting its highest responsibility—Remainers are entitled to ask how on earth this happened

A former government legal adviser in Brussels tries to unravel the mystery of Brexit

By Philip Allott  

The original Treaty of Rome. Photo: Vandeville Eric/ABACA/ABACA/PA Images

It is said that a majority of members of parliament want the UK to remain in the EU. They can make that happen quite simply. Chaos on 29th March can be avoided by extending the period of negotiation. The notification of the UK’s intention to withdraw from the EU can be withdrawn at any time. Why don’t they do it?

For those of us condemned to watch the strange goings-on in the House of Commons, it is a deep mystery.…

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