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If the opposition is passive, yes.

If the opposition is more active they should try to pass a motion that orders the government to renegotiate areas A, B and C to achieve X, Y and Z.

The goal should be to split of enough votes to defeat the government and get a new election. Therefore the issues should be chosen to appeal to members of the coalition that can be peeled off, as well as contain popular items among the voters.

by fjallstrom on Sun Aug 27th, 2017 at 10:11:41 PM EST
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It seems that Zoe Williams thinks that's exactly what is happening;-

Guardian - Zoe Williams - At last, Labour has wrested the Brexit debate from the Tories

Tory Europhiles could at any point find themselves in the ascendant again, and seek a more measured, single market-tolerant exit period for the sake of stability. But that territory now belongs to the opposition, and they will have to forswear it or defect. The scandalously long period when the internal divisions of the Conservative party could wreak havoc on the country yet force no bravery or conviction from the party's own MPs has come to an end. Labour has finally appropriated the Tories' wriggle room, and started to build on it.

The details of the UK's EU exit have yet to be even hypothetically resolved; the Labour party, plainly, has its own internal divisions, many yet to be said out loud. There is as yet no way of telling whether or not this consensus will hold, that Brexit is the overwhelming will of the people and must be performed at all costs. A decision built on unknowns and falsehoods is not one to which the label of democracy very durably sticks.

Yet the opposition has bought itself some time (as short as possible, as long as necessary), taken the territory of common sense for the transition period (which many remain Tories will envy), and written the opening bars of a progressive overture in which their divisions can be harmonised gradually, rather than having to be silenced by the cacophony of the Conservatives. The new distinction is not between hard Brexit and soft Brexit: it is between infantile Brexit and grownup Brexit.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Aug 28th, 2017 at 10:08:46 AM EST
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