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    I’ve pondered Mrs May’s Ending-Free-Movement (‘EFM’) Deal further. The realisation of the *full* extent/truth of this EFM deal changes things profoundly. /1

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    I'll chew on this one further. /ends

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    Ending-Free-Movement is the primary goal. EVERYTHING else is subordinate to that goal, including: exiting EU m’ship, CU arrangements...and Sovereignty. But literally exiting EU m’ship has a mandate and, as it also happens, is needed to meet the goal. /2

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    The EFM approach is: "How can we end FM in the least economically-damaging way" NOT "how can we leave the EU in the least economically damaging way". This approach runs across the entirety of British politics. Even Clegg and Blair. /3

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    British politics as a whole has therefore failed on this. Not just TMay’s Govt, not just Leavers, but the whole lot. Widespread misunderstanding of the EU - Leavers and Remainers - is at the root of it. /4

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    Govt is therefore primarily delivering an *interpretation* of the 23/6 mandate, not just the actual mandate (which it is delivering, but purely as a marker on the road to the real goal of EFM). /5

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    The point about *interpreting* a vote, is that the Govt may have *misinterpreted* that vote and the mandate. Govt could therefore be delivering the wrong set of priorities. Indeed, all the evidence suggests that it is (everyone hates the deal). /6

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    The only way for the Govt to check their interpretation of the mandate is to refer this EFM Deal *specifically* back to the people (so not in an election but in a referendum). /7

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    That referendum would probably have to be the 3-way hierarchical-choice that is already the reality in Westminster - This Deal or No Deal or No Brexit. /8

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    The practical obstacles to that vote now need to be cleared away, before we just drift towards a travesty of democracy and sovereignty. /9

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    Will such a referendum favour Remain in these circumstances? Yes very likely, but anything is possible. Whatever happens, a national debate about the whole dismal structure & maturity of our politics seems destined to kick off. /ends

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