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Photo Credit: Chris Lawton on Unsplash

The government is in paralysis. The country is following suit. Everywhere you go, every radio station you listen to, every news channel you flick onto, the discussion of Brexit looms. We're two and a half years on from the original Referendum which saw a slim majority of the public who chose to vote decide we would leave the European Union, but still there is no certainty surrounding that exit, and if it will even go ahead at all.

Everybody thinks they know best when it comes to the country's biggest talking point. So, I'm gonna throw out a few suggestions and hope that they stick. Some of them will likely never come to pass. Teflon Theresa for example shows no signs of handing in the keys to Number 10. Country before party? We'll let you judge that one for yourself...

What Theresa May should do next

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Photo Credit: babirad/FAMOUS

It's time for Theresa to go. She has had over two years to negotiate a deal with the EU which would make it through Parliament, and she has failed miserably. In refusing to reach out to the leaders of other parties, she has bowed only to the demands of Brexiteers on the Conservative benches, declining to listen to options that may have actually seen her push through a deal that works for the majority of the House.

If she does indeed stick around as she intends, she needs to open up a line of conversation with every single leader of every single party in Parliament. She's already ruled out talking to Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, which is an utterly shameless act when the country is in such disarray. She must put aside her personal feelings when it comes to fellow MPs and put the national interest front-and-centre, as she has so often claimed to do.

But what if she does decide to step down from being PM? I'd suggest retiring from politics altogether and taking a long, long, LONG holiday... Perhaps not to a destination in Europe...

What Jeremy Corbyn should do next

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Photo Credit: Glenn Ashley/FAMOUS

The Leader of the Opposition has done the right thing in calling forth a motion of no confidence in the government. Unfortunately, it's all but certain that the motion will fail and May will go back to the EU to see if there's any wiggle room on the current failed deal.

Despite saying that they will not be open to renegotiation before last night's vote, the EU's chief Michel Barnier has said that changes could be made if May is willing to remove some of her own red lines.

Though Corbyn has been criticised for saying he'd go back to Brussels and negotiate his own deal if he became Prime Minister, these words from Barnier support the notion that a new PM could negotiate an all-new deal.

On the slim chance the motion of no confidence in the government passes, and a general election follows resulting in Corbyn becoming PM, he should push ahead with this plan.

If not, he will have to make a clear and public announcement that the Labour Party is officially supporting a People's Vote on the final Brexit deal. All options must remain on the ballot people: leaving without a deal, leaving with the proposed deal, or remaining in the EU after all.

Otherwise, he faces the danger of losing a huge chunk of those who have stuck around to support him to this point.

What the country should do next

Wearing hi-vis jackets and taking to the streets is not the answer. It could have been a brilliant political movement, but it's one that's been hijacked by far-right extremists who threaten the police with violence, call MPs traitors and Nazis, and harass journalists (and in particular women) on the streets and during live news transmissions.

If the public truly want to be in control of where the country goes next, then everybody from all sides should be campaigning for a People's Vote. It allows those who have changed their mind to rethink their original decision; it allows the 48% who voted to remain a voice; and it allows those who still want to leave the EU the opportunity to say they realise the consequences of leaving, and that they'd like to go despite that. It also allows the million plus people who couldn't vote in the original referendum because of their age, but who have now turned 18, the chance to have their say on their future.

Let us know what you think about the future of Brexit in our polls and comments section below!

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