In the discussion about Brexit, inflamed once again by the supreme court process, too much has been made of article 50’s alleged irrevocability as well as of the two-year timetable which it lays out for completing negotiations with the rest of the European Union. Even ardent remainers are guilty of this. In fact, neither of these points is set in stone. Now there is a real opportunity to shape and to change the terms of the debate.
The leave vote isn’t sacrosanct. Labour should say so