Why is no one suggesting a government of national unity?

Watching the debate yesterday on the need for parliamentary oversight of the Brexit negotiations you couldn’t miss the rare cross party consensus on display – the sense of shared anxiety palpable: how can such a complex and divisive task as negotiating our withdrawal from the EU be done without oversight? Why on earth should Parliament (or any of us) trust the PM and her team with the task.

Withdrawing from Europe is, arguably, the greatest peacetime threat this country has faced. As well as risking our prosperity, the terms of our departure will affect every part of our national life – rules for workers; our environment; the regulations governing businesses; Britain’s unity.

Why has no one suggested that, rather than leaving this to any one partisan and ideologically driven set of politicians, we act together, in a broad coalition of interests, working – just as Churchill’s wartime coalition government did – beyond party on behalf of all our interests?

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Why is no one suggesting a government of national unity?

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