THERESA May will, we believe, secure a new deal from Brussels which MPs can back. But only if Remainers don’t derail Brexit entirely next week. It must not happen.
The EU seems to be urging Ireland to soften up over the hated backstop. Chief Eurocrat Martin Selmayr reportedly suggests a legally binding assurance that it won’t shackle Britain for ever.
Angela Merkel says there’s still time. The DUP’s Arlene Foster tells everyone to compromise. Mrs May is working on options. It all points in the right direction.
Which makes it even more likely desperate Remainers will launch another Brexit-destroying bid next Thursday, thinly disguised as a “postponement”.
It MUST be defeated, as it was last week. If not, the revived negotiation is over. Brussels will sit back, relax and watch Brexit unravel.
And Leave voters will never forgive the mainly Labour MPs who sabotage it.
But Tory Brexiteers must face reality. If any eventual Brussels concession is legally watertight, they must swallow it.
They, and much of the public, would rather leave without a deal, of course. We sympathise. But they are outnumbered. The Commons’ Remainer majority will do anything to avoid No Deal.
If Tories reject an improved agreement, they will hand Remainers the power to kill Brexit. And they will all deserve the blame.