John Downing: ‘Numbers simply don’t add up to get deal through UK parliament’

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John Downing: ‘Numbers simply don’t add up to get deal through UK parliament’

  


Palace of Westminster. Photo: PA
Palace of Westminster. Photo: PA

Let’s play an old children’s game called “supposing – supposing”. Let us suppose that British Prime Minister Theresa May gets her Brexit proposals through her Cabinet and she cuts a deal soon in Brussels.

Those are two big suppositions – but they are within the rules of “supposing – supposing”. And they help us get to the real crunch question that has curiously preoccupied the EU negotiators in Brussels as much as anyone else.

That crunch question is this: Is there a snowball’s chance in hell that Mrs May could drive a deal through the Westminster parliament and avoid the carnage that would be a crash-out Brexit?

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