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Presidial institution could help to break the "brexit" stalemate

A presidial institution of state can advise, assist, arbitrate (within the Constitution) and possibly intervene in a political stalemate.

We have a stalemate ("brexit") in which a government led by a single party has failed to reach a solution after several years in office. In this case the party concerned (Conservative) does not have a majority of MPs in the elected parliamentary house. Also they have lost their leader, Prime Minister May. Regarding a solution for "brexit" and the future capacity to achieve majorities in the Commons, the Conservative party and their leadership candidates do NOT look promising. It is unreasonable to assume that this party, after May has gone, will hold a guarantee to continue in government.

Surely, leaders of other political parties in the House of Commons should be invited to propose solutions to the "brexit" impasse and ways (as prime minister in an alliance) to obtain majorities in Parliament, perhaps without the need to hold an early general election.

A presidial institution, well designed, could come to our aid in this crisis.

For guidance we could look to states which have in recent decades strived to improve their Constitution and have included presidial functions. Here is an excerpt from the job description in one such case, a place not far from here:

"Even if there is nothing in the constitution which actually bans the President from making political statements, the head of state generally does not comment publicly on issues in the news, particularly when there is some controversy among the political parties. This party-political neutrality and distance from day-to-day party politics allow the President to be a source of clarification, to dismantle prejudices, to articulate what is in the minds of the citizens, to influence public debate, to voice criticism, offer suggestions and make proposals. In order to remain above party politics, all Presidents have suspended any party membership during their term of office." (Note: This president holds the power to nominate a new prime minister, who must be confirmed in office by parliament.)

Time for constitutional reform in UK ?

Thoughts from W-M
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