Jacob Rees-Mogg’s Brexiteers are a rum lot. In their desperation to bring Theresa May down, they may lose Brexit altogether.
If Parliament rejects the PM’s deal, MPs would not vote for the horrors of no deal.
They will only have one option left to them and that is to postpone or withdraw Article 50 and stay in the EU.
We agree with Mr Rees-Mogg that Mrs May is offering us a lousy Brexit. This newspaper has always believed that nothing could match what we will lose by leaving Europe.
But we respect the will of the British people and so leave we must.
Mrs May brought many of her present troubles on herself. She insisted on red lines she could never stick to and triggered Article 50 too early to come up with a realistic Brexit solution.
With ministers falling like nine pins, her Cabinet in disarray and a leadership challenge in the offing, strong and stable she is not.
However, the Sunday Mirror argued long before she did that the only way to keep the Irish border open was with a UK-wide customs union.
It is time now that politicians listened to the people they serve. Our ComRes poll today shows there is no appetite for getting rid of Mrs May before Brexit is concluded.
There is no appetite either for a second referendum. And if there was one, our findings suggest the result would be too close to call.
A narrow Remain win would not settle the issue and would destroy Leavers’ faith in democracy.
Mr Rees-Mogg should also take note that only a quarter of those questioned would favour a General Election as a response to the mess the Tories have landed us in.
There is a time for a General Election to sweep the Tories from power.
But that time is not now.
If the Tories could tear themselves away from Brexit, they might consider the despair their methods are causing ordinary people.
A pincer movement by the NHS, the DWP and a local authority drove Penny Oliver to kill herself with the very drugs which got her into a spiral of debt.
What started as a small repayment of £29 soared as penalty fees and surcharges were swiftly slapped on. And Penny could not cope.
Of course the NHS needs to police free prescriptions. Of course it must check whether patients are entitled to claim them.
But Penny’s only crime was to make an honest mistake. And then she was disgracefully hounded for money she did not have.
The job of the NHS is to save lives. Not to contribute to ending them.
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