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The UK Parliament voted to take back control of Brexit proceedings. Today's vote, a blow for prime minister Boris Johnson, sets up a bill tomorrow on preventing a no-deal Brexit.

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  • Edward Luce of the Financial Times has the money quote:

    "Boris Johnson is making it up as he goes along, which is precisely what he did as a journalist. He doesn’t have a clue how to govern. His prime ministership is tomorrow’s fish and chip paper."

  • Seems a non-binding referendum isn't the political mandate brexiteers hoped it would be. At what point do they hold a second referendum with the options of either agreeing to the negotiated terms and leaving the EU with an agreement or rejecting the negotiated terms and leaving the EU without an agreement?

  • Having watched the developments closely over the years, all I can say in response to these news any more is this:

    LOL.

  • Watching the British "Empire" fade into irrelevance with a whimper is somewhat satisfying seeing the world is still roiling in the wake of centuries of its colonial tyranny. Even now, Johnson and his Brexiteer ilk are still trying to screw both Ireland and Scotland, clearly in denial that Britannia no longer rules the waves.

  • Probably time for the intellectual and political humility (leadership?) to admit that the original referendum was ill thought-through, the campaign mendacious (on both sides) and that we should go to the country with 3-4 distinct, planned alternatives. To say that the referendum result in 2016 was either

    Probably time for the intellectual and political humility (leadership?) to admit that the original referendum was ill thought-through, the campaign mendacious (on both sides) and that we should go to the country with 3-4 distinct, planned alternatives. To say that the referendum result in 2016 was either binding or democratic is fanciful at best. But I’m not saying anything new here...

  • Who is defeating whom? To think that this has been going on for years with the entire government incapable of solving it is hard to fathom. But owing to the issue that this was driven by massive immigration from counties in and outside the EU, makes it extra vexing — is the whole world in turmoil?

  • I wonder if the Russians are prepared for a snap election. I would think that the most important thing is to have a free and fair election.

  • Seems like the will off the people is taking a backseat on this ride petty politics squabble do what the people voted for and move on, stop being but hurt.

  • Trump playbook not working in the UK

  • Just the Republicans... here.

  • The mass population in the UK isn’t represented by the two party politics parliament. A general election based on picking Brexit referendum sides is now inevitable...

  • Or voters could choose to not leave the EU. That should be an option.

  • When they voted for Brexit, people in the U.K. were voting for an unknown with no specifics (as well as some inaccurate ‘facts’ about money that would be saved by leaving going to the NHS etc.) It is not surprising that a concrete Brexit agreement is much more difficult to achieve. In fact the backstop

    When they voted for Brexit, people in the U.K. were voting for an unknown with no specifics (as well as some inaccurate ‘facts’ about money that would be saved by leaving going to the NHS etc.) It is not surprising that a concrete Brexit agreement is much more difficult to achieve. In fact the backstop problem makes the issue insoluble. Either there will have to be a border between Northern and Southern Ireland, or there will be a border between Ireland and the U.K. Either of these is politically unacceptable. It is likewise unacceptable to the EU to leave itself effectively without a border, allowing products and people to enter the EU freely through Ireland.

  • It’s been obvious almost from day one that Brexit is another of Putin’s operations to dismantle NATO and the EU, parallel to the division sowed in the US. That the Conservatives are in league with the Russians is the only reason I can see for them not allowing a second referendum. Is the opposition that

    It’s been obvious almost from day one that Brexit is another of Putin’s operations to dismantle NATO and the EU, parallel to the division sowed in the US. That the Conservatives are in league with the Russians is the only reason I can see for them not allowing a second referendum. Is the opposition that timid, or are the foreigners so hated that the people can’t have their wishes respected?