Bad deal or no-deal Brexit? There is a third way

“At the end of the day, the U.K. will either quit with a deal, quit without a deal or not quit at all” | Simon Dawson/Getty Images

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Bad deal or no-deal Brexit? There is a third way

The British people must be asked to vote again on EU membership.

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8/20/18, 7:00 AM CET

Updated 8/22/18, 2:20 PM CET

LONDON — The U.K.’s Brexit options are sometimes framed as a choice between the miserable deal that Theresa May is trying to negotiate and crashing out of the EU with no deal. But there is a third option: not quitting the EU at all.

The main way to achieve this is for the people to get the final say at the end of the Brexit talks, with the option to stay in the EU if they don’t like what’s on offer.

But is it realistic to hold such a vote? Will parliament agree? Even if MPs do agree, won’t we run out of time given that we are supposed to leave the EU next March? And if there is enough time to hold a vote, why would the result be any different from the 2016 referendum?

These objections are thrown up by people who think Brexit is a mad idea but still can’t quite believe it can be stopped.

Those of us fighting to halt the madness certainly face obstacles. But so do the alternatives — quitting with a deal or crashing out without one. And one of the three options ultimately will win out.

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