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Can it be stopped?

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There are 48 hours left to ‘save’ Theresa May’s Brexit deal, after which a no-deal scenario becomes a lot more likely.

If you are finding it hard to get worked up, given the sheer number of supposed Brexit deadlines that come and go, the fact that so many ‘Leavers’ have made interventions over the weekend – Boris Johnson, Andrea Leadsom and Priti Patel among the most notable – should give you the hint that this one is for real. Will May come to an agreement with the EU on customs and the Irish border in time? Again, the fact that many of the interventions from Brexiters talk up no deal suggest that she may not.

There also seems to be a bit of confusion about what Labour’s Brexit position is. Jeremy Corbyn told Der Spiegel that Brexit cannot ‘be stopped’ – a line contradicted by Keir Starmer and, er, official party policy. For anyone else struggling, I have put together a little explainer on what Labour’s policy actually is, no matter what the leadership would like it to be..

-Conor Pope, deputy editor


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