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Could such negotiations may stall the event sufficiently for there to be a new election which might return a Labour government which would have no interest in Brexit?

As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere." (But it helps!)
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Jun 14th, 2016 at 02:30:28 PM EST
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Theoretically, yes, but the article 50 negotiations are only supposed to take 2 years, and the next general election isn't due for another 4 - that is unless the Tories implode.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Jun 14th, 2016 at 02:40:12 PM EST
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Well, Cameron has a minority government that survives by the sufferance of the Liberal Party. Is there any bridge too far for Clegg?

As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere." (But it helps!)
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Jun 14th, 2016 at 03:16:31 PM EST
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That was the last coalition Government. In May 2015 the Conservatives won an overall majority and now govern alone.  Of course a split in the Tory ranks could change all that, and I wouldn't rule it out. But for the next few months, whilst negotiations with the EU are ongoing, I would expect them to stick together despite much mutual antipathy.

Perhaps a pro-EU rump of the party would split from a Boris Johnson led Government and precipitate a new general election, ultimately forming a coalition with labour and halting the Brexit process.  But I wouldn't put a bet on it.  Any party which flouts the "will of the people" can expect a rough ride...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Jun 14th, 2016 at 03:35:20 PM EST
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I had googled 'Stability of current UK Conservative government' but not notices that the search also brought up articles about the earlier government. :/)

As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere." (But it helps!)
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Jun 14th, 2016 at 05:55:50 PM EST
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For instance, would Clegg extend the same deal to a government headed by Boris Johnson?

As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere." (But it helps!)
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Jun 14th, 2016 at 03:19:15 PM EST
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