In many respects it's surprising there hasn't been more talk of a third party before now. Given that a big majority of MPs were pro Remain - at least, until they saw which way their constituents voted - one could have imagined a Remainder voting-bloc in Parliament with sufficient cohesion (maybe even whipping) to constitute a single-issue Party of sorts.
But to date we've only seen the faintest shadow of such organisation: too little to count as a real entity, so far as I can judge. And then, this weekend, the papers seem to have been briefed that a well-funded new party is on the way. The Observer / Grauniad is, of course, a particular sucker for this stuff: Polly Toynbee even became an SDP candidate all those years ago.
The sponsors are obviously dreaming of a Macron in British clothing. (Polly probably dreams of Macron without any clothing - a charismatic frog with a penchant for older women ...) These 'third party' fads come round from time to time, for sure: but it really isn't the British Way.
Speaking of Macron, myself & Mrs D have just returned from our usual spring break in Paris, where once again we have been incommoded by the French unions en grève. We did at least avoid being gassed this time; but they are still a bloody nuisance. Interestingly, as well as being determined to thwart Macron's plans to reform the French economy, the sans-culottes are protesting that the EU is a conspiracy to eliminate French public services (by which they mean, state ownership of public services, a hallowed concept for many over there).
Our French friends tell us Macron in turn is 100% determined to face them down. Obviously, Sarkozy and Hollande both tried and failed; but he's convinced he's different. Maybe he is - his mandate is seemingly big enough, and it's his big bid for gloire éternelle - but only time will tell.
Anyhow: hard to see where the Remainders are going to find a Brit equivalent to lead their third party. Are any C@W readers limbering up to join such an enterprise?
UPDATE - here's an academic review of the psephological challenges faced by a putative 3rd party in UK politics [ link now fixed ]