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Theresa May surrendered to a Remainer revolt today by promising that MPs will get a vote on whether to delay Brexit. With negotiations deadlocked in Brussels and the clock running down, the PM told the Commons no deal would only happen with 'explicit consent' and it will get a chance to extend Article 50 within a fortnight.
The Conservative leadership yesterday launched itself into a frenzy of self-reproach as it struggled to shed the image of Britain's "nasty party" which has sunk into corruption, incestuous feuding and the electorally disastrous exclusion of women and minorities.
As Tory activists gathered in Bournemouth for what Iain Duncan Smith regards as his make-or-break conference as leader, his newly appointed chairwoman, Theresa May, set the tone with a remarkable de nunciation of the party's past sins - still "unrepentant, just plain unattractive".
"Yes, we've made progress, but let's not kid ourselves. There's a way to go before we can return to government. There's a lot we need to do in this party of ours. Our base is too narrow and so, occasionally, are our sympathies, You know what some people call us: the nasty party," Mrs May told a stunned conference.
As a shadow cabinet colleague, Oliver Letwin, denounced the party's "weird" reliance on white, male MPs, another measure of the desperation which grips the Tories 16 months after their second crushing election defeat came from a former party research chief.
'Nasty party' warning to Tories
"In recent years a number of politicians have behaved disgracefully and then com pounded their offences by trying to evade responsibility. We all know who they are. Let's face it, some of them have stood on this platform," she said.
originally posted by: Freeborn
I think the most likely outcome now is some sort of second referendum.
Personally I think that would be an affront to democracy; I fail to see how a second referendum on the same subject can be held when the result of the first one hasn't been enacted.
But I really think its going to happen.
The key will be just what question is going to be asked in a second referendum; continued membership can not be an option.
For me I think the only valid question that could be asked is acceptance of a recommended agreement or No Deal....it really is that simple to me.