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Tory failure on Brexit

The Tories failed to deliver Brexit.  They will point to others as the cause of that failure, but it was their divisions and their lack of vision that made it impossible.   Their bluster cannot hide that truth.  Two prime ministers with two failed deals.

It need not have been like this.  The Tories could have reached out to the opposition benches in parliament and delivered Brexit.   Yes, it would have involved compromise,  but it would have fulfilled the pledged to respect the referendum result.

No doubt the Tories will enter the general election saying they are the only party that can deliver Brexit.  Why would voters believe them?

The do or die tactics of Boris Johnson have failed to deliver.   He would not and could not have his withdrawal agreement scrutinised.   Instead, he has delayed Brexit, and there is no guarantee that the result of the general election will deliver it either.  

First, Mrs May tried to use Brexit for party advantage by calling an election in 2016.  She lost the Tory majority.

Then she failed to compromise with Labour and other parties to get Brexit done with some form of customs arrangement with the EU.   She had no idea what she wanted and no vision for the future.

It was Tory rebels who brought her down.  It was Tory rebels who prevented her from getting her deal through parliament.  She fell, to be replaced by Blustering Boris.

The number of Tory MPs who had the whip removed, many former members of the cabinet, are a testament to why Boris also failed.  

The Tory party have failed the country and failed on Brexit.  It is time for a fundamental rethink.

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