Delivering Brexit has been impossible. Stopping it will be even harder
Analysis by Luke McGee, CNN
Posted at 0834 GMT (1634 HKT) November 9, 2019
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London (CNN) — As polls close on December 12 and the results of the UK’s snap election drizzle in, only one question will matter: is Brexit still happening?
The campaign to stop Brexit received a shot in the arm this week. Three of the UK’s smaller parties, the Liberal Democrats, Greens and Plaid Cymru, agreed to a pact in which they would not stand against one another in 60 seats. The aim is to give pro-remain candidates the best chance of winning.
The group, formally known as Unite to Remain, thinks that by consolidating the remain vote, it can take seats from bigger parties who have not fully committed to staying in the European Union.By contrast, the Brexit vote is divided between the Conservatives and Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party. Farage has been criticized for splitting the Brexit vote, leading to accusations, even from former supporters, that he has become the remain alliance’s greatest asset. If he does split the vote, there is a good chance that a unified remain vote could win vital seats.
However, remainers should probably keep the champagne on ice. Despite a recent improvement in coordination, the current opinion polls suggest they are still far from winning anything like the numbers needed to revoke Article 50 and stop Brexit.