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Old 04-08-2019, 09:05 AM
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Originally Posted by SE25 exile View Post
No, Theresa May is responsible for that environment by creating a government supported by the DUP to stay in power. She also created the "backstop" with the EU, and allowing these two things to co-exist was a terrible misjudgement, as was calling the 2017 election and losing her majority in the first place. This was the recipe for parliament failing to approve her deal. It was all about preserving power and unity in her party which has led to this impasse, and her early failures to seek a cross party consensus before entering the negotiating chamber. To blame parliament per se, is a simplification of recent political history, and in doing so is empathising with the Johnson "do or die" mantra.
But there are so many ifs and buts. Cameron never had to promise a referendum in the first place.

He could have allowed 16 year olds and Europeans in the UK to vote.

He could have called it at the end of his term not in the middle of a refugee crisis.

Corbyn didn't have to get nominated as a labour candidate, corbyn didn't have to get elected, Corbyn could have campaigned properly for remain.

After losing Cameron didnt have to resign, Cameron could have appointed a cross-party group of politicians, civil servants, businessmen and economists to negotiate Brexit.

By resigning, May was voted in on the basis of delivering a hard Tory Brexit. Article 50 didn't have to be invoked so soon. May could have had a consensus approach to negotiation. She didn't have to call an election. She could have called for a referendum on her deal.

Parliament when it finally got control could have voted for a 2nd referendum or could have inisisted on a customs union.

The tories could have voted in someone fit for office.

And the above is just a snapshot, there are for more incidents that also took the turn for the worse
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