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The EU has given Britain until 31 October to find a way out of the current crisis, after Theresa May met leaders in Brussels
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Simon Jenkins: The only thing that matters now is votes in the House of Commons

Simon Jenkins

Suddenly the wind dies. The ship is becalmed. Will the crew return to squabbling? The second postponement of Brexit seems likely to bring out the worst in parliament. Theresa May will be under resumed pressure to resign, which will solve nothing. Remainers and no-dealers will return to their tribes. It is hard to disagree with France’s president, Emmanuel Macron, that a six-month delay beyond June will merely encourage them.

The one thing that matters now is votes in the House of Commons. The prime minister has lost her party. If she wants to be true custodian of Brexit, the only requisite votes are sitting opposite her in her talks with Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn. They depend on the UK negotiating to remain in some form of European customs union and/or single market. It might

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