Like the Truman Show, we’ve all been asking ourselves “How will it end?” since the whole thing began back in 2016. Now, with the ‘end’ already in the past, we’re wondering if it will ever end at all.
I hate to think of the hours I’ve wasted following the ‘crucial votes’ over the past few weeks – naïvely thinking each time, it would be settled once and for all. But no. Next week maybe – when there will be another ‘crucial vote’ in the house of commons. Cliffhanger followed by cliffhanger.
Currently, the representatives of the people of the UK have until the 10th of April, 6 more days, to come up with a viable plan to leave the EU on terms with a majority backing in Parliament. If they don’t, then there is a very strong chance the decision will be made for them by the EU – and the dreaded ‘no deal’ scenario will come into force on the 13th of April.
The problem is, of course, is that there are so many differing views and agendas in the houses of parliament, that a consensus is almost impossible, except when it comes to specifying what they don’t want, of course:
- we don’t want a hard border in Ireland,
- we don’t want a no-deal,
- we don’t want Mrs May’s deal,
- we don’t want a customs union,
- we don’t want to be under the jurisdiction of the the European Courts,
- we don’t want to repeal article 50,
- we don’t want a second referendum,
- we don’t want a general election and,
- we don’t want to want anything.
All the while we waste time passing through amendments and motions that put this negativity into the statute books. To what end? International law would trump any decision by Parliament to extend procrastination beyond April the 12th.
I predict that the current discussions Mrs May is having with the leader of the opposition will come to nowt and she will stubbornly bring her deal back to the house for one last go on the 12th of April with the very real threat of a no deal hanging over them. Brinkmanship was always her plan. Make the choice: no choice.
She may yet win. No deal may yet happen. I’m almost beyond caring. What is most striking, is that another vote, either a referendum or a general election, are the simplest solutions to all this. Yet our MPs are too concerned for their own welfare than the good of the country, as chances are the majority would lose their jobs overnight.
So, I’m starting to weigh up the positives that a no deal scenario would bring:
- the end of Nigel Farrage’s career as an MEP
- the end of the delusional view of the EU as serving no purpose
- the end of Parliamentary squabbling about Brexit
- the end of the Conservative and Labour parties
But that is a short list, and not one that outweighs the benefits we, as individuals and a country, enjoy as members of the EU. However, if it has to be no deal – then I shall be heartened for these reasons.
My biggest fear, however, is this thing drags on for years and I waste further hours, days, months of my life following our hopeless politicians from crucial vote to crucial vote.