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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

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