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Why it’s wrong to blame the second referendum campaign for the Brexit crisis

Backing Theresa May’s agreement would have offered no escape from the current deadlock and disarray, writes Rob Merrick

Sunday 13 December 2020 12:20 GMT
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One million-plus people joined the campaign to give the public another vote before leaving the EU
One million-plus people joined the campaign to give the public another vote before leaving the EU (AFP/Getty)

Suddenly, as the UK teeters on the edge of a no-deal Brexit – a calamity Boris Johnson promised would never happen – it is all the rage to blame Remain supporters for our plight.

If only pro-EU MPs had backed the deal that Theresa May secured, instead of joining the millions who marched for a fresh referendum last year, all would be well – or so we are told.

This is unfair on so many levels – it is a basic principle that those who break it should mend it – but, more important, it is an illusion to believe the May agreement offered salvation.

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