Originally published in the Chicago Tribune.
Britain's holiday from history was supposed to end this week. After three years of bitter debate, Prime Minister Theresa May hoped Parliament would back the agreement for Britain's withdrawal from the European Union that she painstakingly negotiated over the past 18 months. On Tuesday, however, Parliament voted 2-to-1 against her deal, a humiliating defeat that leaves the future of Britain's relationship with Europe as unsettled as ever.
The only real option is a do-over — a second referendum, this time with a clear sense of what the option of leaving entails. Polls indicate growing support for remaining in the European Union, though the margins are hardly decisive. The idea that another popular vote is a subversion of democracy, as May has repeatedly claimed, ignores the reality that people have the right to change their mind. In fact, that's what real democracy is all about.
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Sir John Major / The Times
Only a new referendum will save Britain from bad deals or a no-deal disaster, but first we need a proper consultation, writes the former Prime Minister.
Boris Johnson, David Owen, Margaret Beckett and others share their vision of the country’s future.
Rachel Rizzo / POLITICO
A new referendum could make Theresa May’s current predicament look comfortable.
George Parker and James Blitz / Financial Times
Failure to win Commons approval will intensify the brinkmanship that has left all sides believing they can secure their own outcome.
Owen Jones / The Guardian
The "Norway plus" Brexit option, combining the single market and a customs union, has a good chance of winning support across the parliamentary divide.
Philip Stephens / Financial Times
Having survived the vote of no confidence, the embattled prime minister should reach out to moderate, pro-European Labour MPs who are ready to ditch their own leader.
Roger Cohen / The New York Times
All the debate has come up against a stubborn fact: Brexit is damaging to the British national interest.