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In the short term the sub text of ruling out no deal is simply delay in the hope of something better turning up later. In the longer term that has to include a deal with Corbyn unless the Independent group grow so large and coherent that they can provide a majority for May's deal that excludes ERG hard core and DUP support - a very unlikely prospect, I would have thought.

The only other option is for the Independent group to precipitate a general election which might well produce a not v. different outcome - unless Corbyn embraces a second referendum as part of his election manifesto.  Given that the Independent group is as anti-Corbyn as anyone they will find it very difficult to support him even in that circumstance.

Given the unlikelihood of almost ANY independents being re-elected in a very polarized FPTP election, they will probably avoid the election option like the plague. The bottom line is that procrastination is their only option and Corbyn holds the key to any resolution.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Feb 22nd, 2019 at 11:34:03 AM EST
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