Leader: Britain doesn’t want election to prolong the agony
As the deadlock continues, many are now predicting that a general election is the likely step in finding a solution.
But what would it really achieve?
Whether it was Theresa May or another Conservative leader, the likelihood would be a hung parliament. And given that both Labour and Tory are split on Brexit, no-one could be relied on to vote on traditional party lines.
The first-past-the-post system will also make it difficult for new political parties, such as the Change UK grouping, to gain much traction.
A People’s Vote – or Final Say referendum – is the most straightforward way out of this.
Whatever emerges from parliament – Theresa May’s deal or a compromise borne out of the indicative votes – can be put to the people, along with the option to remain in the EU.
If Leave wins again – and they may well do – then no one can deny that option. Not Dominic Grieve, Jacob Rees-Mogg, the European Union or the SNP.
And after all, how can more democracy be a negation of democracy? If this is what Britain truly wants then it will say so emphatically again.