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Theresa May’s capitulation has achieved nothing aside from alienating all sides of the Brexit debate

THE barrage of abuse from all sides over Theresa May’s final desperate capitulation tells its own story.

No wonder her Leave MPs are screaming blue murder.

She has already welched on almost every promise. Now, after all she has said, she has even offered the second referendum mob a binding chance to engineer Brexit’s destruction.

For good measure she has caved to a string of Labour demands that, if Brexit happened, would shackle us so tightly to the EU it would look all but pointless.

It still isn’t enough for Corbyn’s party. Nothing could be. Their sole interest is in wrecking the Tories.

Nor is it enough even for “people’s vote” Remainers. They don’t want to risk a Commons vote they could lose. They demand to be GIVEN their second referendum, against the wishes of MPs and the public.

At least the PM didn’t go that far. But she should not have budged an inch.

A second vote before the first is enacted would be a grotesque abuse of democracy, enough to destroy public faith in it for a generation.

Mrs May is presumably confident a majority of MPs would reject it. That’s irrelevant. It is political suicide.

Leave voters now see Tories as the party that botched Brexit, then surrendered over a “people’s vote” and promised to legislate for it if approved.

DOOMED GAMBIT

We respect that Mrs May, in the dying days of her disastrous rule and with no majority, tried to unite MPs around a compromise. But by tossing baubles at entrenched and utterly opposed sides she has simply alienated them all.

What a gift this doomed gambit is for Nigel Farage, his Brexit Party already riding high before the euro elections.

And what a terrifying catastrophe for the Tories: for the PM who negotiated ineptly, the Remainers who shamefully sabotaged our position and the backbench ERG Brexiteers whose purism defeated the only available deal.

We warned them then that Brexit would only get softer with their party left to plummet into the abyss. We were right.

Their time may soon be up. Theresa’s is already.

Rotten Hamm

WHAT did we do to deserve a Chancellor as dismally defeatist as Philip Hammond?

The bean counter who helped wreck our negotiating hand  by holding back No Deal preparations now says, in effect, there is little point to them anyway. We can NEVER be ready, he moans.

Put aside that voters quite logically expect us to leave with No Deal if no deal can be struck. Imagine this soul-destroying doom-monger presiding over an actual national disaster — war, even — endlessly lecturing us not on what we can do but what we can’t.

Of Mrs May’s many mistakes, her Cabinet choices have been the worst . . . Hammond most grievous of all.

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