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Last night’s confidence vote has changed the Brexit process. The first steps towards breaking the parliamentary deadlock have now been taken. A general election or public vote on the Brexit deal are starting to look like feasible ways forward.

Should Labour finally put forward a no confidence vote to parliament, they would need less than 10 per cent of the 117 Tory MPs who tried to oust May this week to back them in the ballot to be successful. Some of the more hardline Brexiteers may even vote against the government as a shortcut to removing May, who has now pledged not to lead the party into another election. The upside for Labour here is obvious.

If that did not play out into an election as planned, Labour’s policy is already set: the party would move behind a public vote at a time when the new Conservative leadership shifts towards a no deal, further alienating a core of pro-EU backbenchers. After this week, the logic to reach these events is easier to see.

-Conor Pope, deputy editor


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