My Brexit, my Preciousssss—Brexit vote open thread
Well, here we go.
British Prime Minister Theresa May went hat in hand to Brussels yesterday trying to get the faceless EU bureaucrats to do her a solid and give her something she could take back to MPs to get her Brexit deal through. What she got was a rearranging of the deck chairs. The “legally binding guarantees” she secured don’t seem to have moved the needle much. I’m in my sickbed watching BBC News, and the reporter from Financial Times says that at most 22 members have moved towards her deal. Remember, she lost the first vote on her deal by 200+ votes.
One would think that if she had lost by such egregious numbers, she would have reached out to Labour to secure the votes she needed. Many Labour MPs represent Leave constituencies. Instead, she just tried to win over the European Research Group and other Eurosceptics in the Conservative Party.
The thing is, though, that was a mook’s game. The Eurosceptics all want a no-deal Brexit, and set out on the rough seas of mercantilism unencumbered by the tentacles of the EU. They were never going to vote for any deal.
And, there’s no stomach in Parliament for a no-deal Brexit. So what will happen is that MPs will vote down her deal, vote down the no-deal Brexit, and then vote to extend Brexit Day. And once that happens, the chances that the UK will just tuck tail and cancel Article 50 becomes more likely.
This was Vladimir Putin’s first anti-Western operation. For the future of the West, the best thing that can happen is that Brexit gets cancelled. But the damage has already been done. Brexit is the chasm between political camps in the UK. It’s making Scots take a second look at independence. It’s reawakening the ghosts of The Troubles in Ulster. And again, all because a feckless former leader of the Tories couldn’t tell his backbenchers to go get bent. Putin doesn’t achieve what he does without able assists from weak Western politicians.
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