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To paraphrase Churchill, a new referendum is the worst solution—except for all the others

A second EU referendum would bring a couple of months of hell—but Brexit would be incalculably worse

By Jonathan Lis  

A British (L) and a EU flag hanging at the production site of the subsidiary company of a British company in Offenbach, Germany, 09 January 2018. EU commissioner Oettinger wants to induce Germany and other member states to higher payments into the European budget. After Brexit, Great Britain would be missing as a net contributor. Photo: Frank Rumpenhorst/dpa

If the arguments of deluded Brexiters ever seem repetitive or predictable, at least Nigel Farage is able to spring the occasional surprise. When he declared yesterday, to the delight of Remainers across the country, that “maybe we should have a second referendum on EU membership,” he also let one of the most vexed cats out of the Brexit bag: a viable way of stopping it.

Numerous commentators have speculated about Farage’s motivations. He has since muddied the water by suggesting that Brexiters should prepare for a referendum but not…

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