Consequences Of Brexit [Part 9] Read First Post Before Posting in General Discussions Posted February 4 16 minutes ago, RJRB said: The fringe parties may influence whichever of the 2 dominant parties are in power,but will never ascend to a majority.In this sense they have a role to play. I am not even sure that a change is desirable when you look at the battles to form an acceptable coalition of small parties such as applies in Belgium. It seems that coalitions are inevitably short lived. Belgium is an outlier. Coalitions work just fine, and have long worked just fine, elsewhere. Germany is the opposite example in that respect. But, and of course, that supposes a predisposition for consensus-led politics and, but for the degree of divergence in political beliefs and/or principles that underpin the disparity of parties involved, a common design to strive for the best interests of the entire electorate (-and other residents not entitled to vote), however diverse. Never is a long time.