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Colm McCarthy: 'UK can break deadlock - and get out of jail free'

May's red lines have led to the point where she might be better advised to call the whole thing off, writes Colm McCarthy

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Theresa May faces a mountainous challenge in the Commons on Tuesday. Picture: Reuters

Theresa May faces a mountainous challenge in the Commons on Tuesday. Picture: Reuters

Theresa May faces a mountainous challenge in the Commons on Tuesday. Picture: Reuters

Tuesday's vote in Westminster on the draft withdrawal agreement will again go against Theresa May's government - and a chaotic and unplanned UK crash-out from the European Union at the end of March comes another week closer.

It can be avoided by accepting the agreement as it stands, the best deal Theresa May's negotiators could secure since the EU has ruled out material changes. The alternative avoidance manoeuvre is a climbdown and positive action by the UK to defer Brexit. Crash-out is the do-nothing outcome and cannot be prevented through motions to the contrary in the House of Commons.


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