If MPs vote against the one compromise proposal that is on the table, they will, with absolute certainty, be voting for chaotic impasse, with an outcome very likely to be the very opposite of what they intended.
For David Howell's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Faced with the only possible withdrawal plan, all the party factions, like angry children, continue to demand the impossible.
The oil and gas industry remains one of the world's biggest and most complex. Yet it is also now becoming one of the world's shakiest.
The U.N. faces daunting challenges in the age of Trumpism.
What a confused and frightened world needs from spiritual leaders is perception, wisdom and illumination, not the same old damaging socialist message from the 1970s.
Tired of the endless squabbling by the two extremes, chances are good the Conservatives will close ranks behind May's approach
Can an old-fashioned military alliance like NATO can deliver the security and physical safety modern societies need?
Democratic leadership with a coherent voice and message may be a thing of the past
The age of American domination, and Western-dominated global institutions, is coming to an end.
It is becoming ever harder to work out who is on whose side, who should be backing whom, and to what end.