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enough to ensure that the DUP and ERG aren't the only game in town

That is the whole point, I believe, at least to those defecting from the Conservatives. At this stage I do not expect this group to result in a new party, their raison d'être might well vanish on the 29th of March.

This today from Barnier:

We don't need more time, we need decisions from the British parliament. If this question was raised, the first reaction of the heads of state - whose unanimous approval is required - would be to say: `What for? How much time?'

Similar sentiment coming out the European Parliament. Most likely a request to postpone the exit date will be rejected. This was Stelios Koulouglou:

Everyone in the negotiating team is completely fed up with May. They feel she doesn't have a clear plan, she changes constantly and instead of being serious, is playing cheap political games.

I think this "indepdendents" group is simply trying to definitly prevent a "no deal" by the ides of March and if possibly revert Brexit altogether. They will vote down the agreement with the EU and then machinate in Parliament to change course. I have no idea whether this can succeed or not.

You might find me At The Edge Of Time.

by Luis de Sousa (luis[dot]a[dot]de[dot]sousa[at]gmail[dot]com) on Thu Feb 21st, 2019 at 06:58:25 PM EST
They need more defection, from the Tories in particular, to deprive the Tory/DUP government of its working majority. Then they need to have the guts to vote no confidence in the Government - ether to precipitate a general election or to force a change of course.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Feb 21st, 2019 at 08:31:06 PM EST
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they have already ruled out voting for a no confidence motion. They all agree that a no deal with a Conservative government is preferable to anything with Corbyn in charge.

Just like the lib dems, centrists ultimately bend the knee towards the agents of Capital and preserve the power of the mega rich

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Feb 22nd, 2019 at 09:08:33 PM EST
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"They all agree that a no deal with a Conservative government is preferable to anything," more like.
by asdf on Sat Feb 23rd, 2019 at 12:01:12 AM EST
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"they have already ruled out voting for a no confidence motion"

Once you rule out that option you are more or less writing yourself out of the game - particularly with the new rules around snap elections which give a government a couple of weeks grace to find a majority if they lose a confidence vote.

The only reason this isn't disqualifying for the DUP is because they can live with the default outcome - a no deal Brexit - which will all be the fault of an intransigent Irish Government, of course, in DUP mythology, in any case.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sat Feb 23rd, 2019 at 11:20:59 AM EST
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