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After all the endless months of bickering, braggadocio and blatant attention-seeking, the day of destiny for British democracy has finally arrived.
Today, the Commons votes on Theresa May's plan to secure an orderly withdrawal from the EU.
Mail - View - Choice - MPs - Deal
In the Mail's view, the choice before MPs is simple: accept a deal which delivers the main planks of Brexit — and provides the stability the nation yearns for. Or lead us into a dark and hazardous unknown.
So to honourable members of all stripes, we make this plea. Before entering the division lobby at such a pivotal moment in our constitutional history, put personal prejudice aside and think very hard about where the overriding national interest lies.
Country - Edge - Precipice - Power - Today
This country stands on the edge of a precipice — social as well as economic. MPs have the power today to pull us back from the brink — or push us over.
The stakes could hardly be higher. If they fail now, public trust in our political class may be shattered beyond redemption. It is already at a dangerously low ebb.
Years - Brexit - Debate - Ounce - Energy
For more than two years, the Brexit debate has sucked every ounce of political energy from both Westminster and Whitehall, leaving domestic policy in a state of suspended animation. Violent crime spirals, we have a looming energy gap, the railways are manifestly failing, fast broadband roll-out has stalled and the prison system has descended into squalor and chaos.
There is still no resolution in sight to the acute elderly care crisis, and the NHS — despite a huge new injection of cash — remains in desperate need of reform and renewal.
Issues - Well-being - Society - MPs - Brexit
Yet vital as these issues are to the well-being of our society, they have been neglected as MPs have obsessed over Brexit, and Brexit alone.
And with no viable alternative on offer, if Theresa May's deal is rejected this appalling policy vacuum...
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