Boris Johnson may not see it this way, but MPs did us all a favour by rejecting his new Brexit deal.

The decision they are being asked to take will affect generations to come and should not be made lightly.

OK, so we’re all suffering Brexit fatigue.

We’re fed up with leaving dates being postponed.

But the reason is the Tories who negotiate these deals come back with lousy offerings.

Mr Johnson’s deal is even worse than the one negotiated by Theresa May.

The relative peace in Northern Ireland will now be sorely tested by putting a border down the Irish Sea.

Trade will suffer with 13 per cent less of it with Europe – making each one of us poorer by £2,000 a year.

It’s as if Mrs May and Mr Johnson went to the same used car dealer and agreed the same price for an old banger.

But the car Mrs May bought had just one flat tyre. Mr Johnson’s has two.

If Mr Johnson fought a General Election now he would campaign on the false choice of the People versus Parliament.

Thanks to MPs voting against him it would now be all but impossible to hold that election until next year.

Which gives us all a break.

Punished twice

The country is becoming more aware of sexual abuse. And worse at tackling it.

Today we reveal how hundreds of child victims are denied compensation because they have committed crimes.

Yet it is often the abuse they suffered which led them to subsequently break the law.

And rape victims are now having to wait six months longer for justice than they did 10 years ago.

This is often because police have to wade through so much more social media and electronic material.

It is also because there are too few police officers to deal with sensitive investigations.

Neither children nor adults should suffer in this way for something not their fault.

That is punishing them twice for the crimes committed by others.

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