Despite myself, I have to admire May’s resilience

Despite every new Brexit disaster created by or for her government, she carries on resolutely claiming that her despised deal is the only possible answer, and that she’ll never agree to another referendum. You’d think she might conclude enough is enough, but she thinks its never enough, and craves more.

I have a feeling the uncertainty is going to go down to the wire on March 29 next year, but the gates have been opened to Parliament killing Brexit outright if they want. There doesn’t seem to be a majority for a no deal Brexit, and no-one likes the permanent halfway in-and-out house that May concocted. I doubt Parliament would have the gumption to kill Brexit in its tracks, given the whole sorry mess was started by referendum, so I suspect MPs will opt for a re-referendum, which raises difficult questions: what is the question? Would May agree to run it? If not her, who?

Brexit was going to be a disaster from the outset – you can’t unravel a generation of legal, economic and political entanglements in a couple of years without a lot of damage, most of it to the UK. Brexiteers didn’t mind the damage though, they thought any price was worth paying, but minded people knowing about it. And now the people do. The lies of Johnson, Gove and the rest of the Tory Brexiteer gaggle will haunt them the rest of their political careers, if they have any.

May’s terminal mistake was hitching her little wagon to the Brexiteers’ falling star. I doubt anyone else could have made a better job of Brexit than she tried to do, but she shouldn’t have been stupid enough to want the premiership so much she was happy trying to square circles and achieve the impossible. And continuing the stupidity in the face of Brexit collapse says nothing good about her.

All the pundits are predicting May will lose her last and final Brexit vote Dec 11th, when her deal gets voted down. Maybe so, maybe not. One thing is crystal clear: if it is voted down, no-one claims to have a clue about what will actually happen after. This sort of uncertainty does no-one in Britain any good, and May is as much to blame as anyone else in keeping uncertainty alive, using it to try to get her way and keep power. For that alone she deserves censure as the leader of the worst government in British history.

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