Brexit: Two-party system is being held hostage by their extremes – Christine Jardine

For the full text of this article please follow the link to The Scotsman: https://www.scotsman.com/news/opinion/brexit-two-party-system-is-being-held-hostage-by-their-extremes-christine-jardine-1-4902980

This week Christine Jardine MP writes in The Scotsman about the black comedy of Westminster: Protestors supergluing themselves to the screen installed to protect MPs from … err… protestors; the ‘water’ leak that washed up against a little publicised tax debate on the seedy business whether HMRC should claim money back from people who took part in a tax scheme which HMRC itself said was legal at the time. You couldn’t make it up.

Jardine also writes, of course, about the real problem with Westminster: “a parliamentary system that is looking increasingly damaged by political parties held hostage by their extremes”

EXCERPT from CHRISTINE JARDINE in THE SCOTSMAN 8th April 2019

https://www.scotsman.com/news/opinion/brexit-two-party-system-is-being-held-hostage-by-their-extremes-christine-jardine-1-4902980

“I don’t think I am alone amongst MPs in feeling that the dominant emotions at Westminster are frustration and fear.

“Frustration that so many of us are agreed that we need to find a way forward out of this morass and then put it to the people, but are unable to overcome the trench warfare that has come to dominate our two-party system.

“Fear that if we cannot find a way to persuade those most entrenched to compromise soon, that the minority who would happily accept crashing out – and all that it might bring – will have their way.”

“And yet we rallied, pushed through that important Yvette Cooper Bill, and then found that the EU too was prepared to help avoid that worst-case scenario. Hope.

“Over this past weekend, those of us at the centre of the drama have been determined to continue the cross-party conversations that we hope will lead to compromise and wait while the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition do the same.

“But, with a parliamentary system that is looking increasingly damaged by political parties held hostage by their extremes and a country holding its breath for an outcome, we cannot afford to fail.”

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