"I'm Beginning To Hear Talk That Brexit May Not Actually Happen"

Political editor Nicholas Watt makes 'huge if true' statement on Newsnight

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Risking the ire of the millions who want to 'take back control' of Britain by crippling the economy for generations, one political journalist has made the shock prediction that Brexit may not actually happen.

BBC Newsnight's Political Editor Nicholas Watt appeared on the program on Wednesday night and said he'd been told by 'senior sources' that our exit from the EU could yet be stopped, despite the triggering of Article 50.

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"I am beginning to hear talk in some quarters that Brexit may not actually happen," he said.

"I spoke to one Leave supporter who now feared that a combination of a stalling economy and investor fear over a possible [Jeremy] Corbyn premiership could create a storm that would stall Brexit.

"I spoke to another person who's familiar with the Brexit process who said to me they think there is a strong chance that it may not actually happen.

"But I did speak to one senior Brexiteer who is absolutely confident that Brexit will happen if only for one very simple reason - Labour divisions mean that the legislation paving the way for Brexit will get through Parliament."

The response, as you'd expect from an issue that almost cleaved the country clean in two when it was voted on in the referendum, was mixed.

One journalist replied to assert his own case Brexit was doomed.

Of course, others saw the very suggestion as a betrayal of democracy.

In either case, it's going to be a long old slog finding out.