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Delivering Brexit has been impossible. Stopping it will be even harder


The campaign to stop Brexit received a shot in the arm this week. Three of the UK’s smaller parties, the Liberal Democrats, Greens and Plaid Cymru, agreed to a pact in which they would not stand against one another in 60 seats. The aim is to give pro-remain candidates the best chance of winning.

The group, formally known as Unite to Remain, thinks that by consolidating the remain vote, it can take seats from bigger parties who have not fully committed to staying in the European Union.

By contrast, the Brexit vote is divided between the Conservatives and Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party. Farage has been criticized for splitting the Brexit vote, leading to accusations, even from former supporters, that he has become the remain alliance’s greatest asset. If he does split the vote, there is a good chance that a unified remain vote could win vital seats.

However, remainers should probably keep the champagne on ice. Despite a recent improvement in coordination, the current opinion polls suggest they are still far from winning anything like the numbers needed to revoke Article 50 and stop Brexit.

How Brexit could still happen

Ever since the UK voted to leave in 2016, the main obstacle to any serious decision being taken has been the lack of a majority for any Brexit outcome in the British Parliament.

The aim of the election is to fix that and provide the majority for an answer to this seemingly impossible question. It’s worth remembering that all outcomes — including revoking Article…



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