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Therese Raphael

Theresa May’s Humiliation Offers a Glimmer of Hope

There was not much meaningful about Tuesday’s Brexit vote, but at least the prime minister is now finally promising to build consensus.

Britain is finally grasping the complexity of Brexit. Two months before it might crash out of the EU without a deal.

Britain is finally grasping the complexity of Brexit. Two months before it might crash out of the EU without a deal.

Photographer: House of Commons/AP

It was certainly a historic defeat for the British government. But while it was called a “meaningful vote,” Parliament’s crushing rejection of Theresa May’s Brexit deal Tuesday was actually anything but.

Tuesday’s ballot was all about tactics; not one MP thought it would decide anything. As the prime minister noted herself afterwards, it makes clear what Parliament doesn’t want, but not what alternative can garner a majority among lawmakers. As such, it has left all factions even more entrenched.