Rarely has a Prime Minister and her cabinet been so cornered. Partly this is due to weak leadership. Partly this is because of what in retrospect was a foolhardy decision to call a General Election in 2017 resulting in weaker leadership. Mostly because the EU is a power and money-grabbing mafia and want to make an example out of the UK, whatever it costs both sides.
So, here we are at last. Cabinet decision day.
If May’s deal with the EU (which we have not read yet, it must be said) gets past the Cabinet, the DUP, the House of Commons, 27 member-states (all of whom will look for national interests — Gibraltar, fisheries etc), and the European Parliament, all in time for March 29th, then May is the best salesperson ever.
Far more likely, a WTO exit beckons. Without a 39 Billion payment.
What are the alternatives?
The deal is put to Parliament and gets rejected. The DUP, Brexiteers on both sides of the house, possibly some Remainers and the Labour Party all vote against it. Theresa May resigns and more time is wasted in getting a new Tory leader in place. Or, worse (frightfully worse), Corbyn becomes PM by default on a vote of no confidence. Or, even worse than that horrible prospect, sociopath remain MPs (spurred on by irrelevant, undemocratic Twitter echo chambers) conjure up a second referendum and there is a civil war, literally – violence in the streets as those not prone to violence don Barbours and grab pitchforks.
One fact can be deduced from proceedings which is very encouraging indeed. The EU is scared that Britain will make a great success of itself outside the EU. Why would the EU be so scared of that eventuality if it was as improbable as the remainers claim?
Leave means Leave. Simple as that. Tear up the deal and have the EU back to the negotiating table in the summer of 2019 when they are hurting and we’ve dusted ourselves off after what will, no doubt, be a bumpy exit. (We’re Brits. We’ve been through far worse and we’ll use our entrepreneurial acumen, uniting anger and global friendships to recover ourselves and then boom with panache, as we zoom past our sluggish, continental friends).
This deal embarrasses Britain. Humiliation is not a common British characteristic, except amongst those few oddball socialists that hold us back.
As for Mrs May, come March your role will have been fulfilled. Go wear out your walking boots and step aside for a leader – one who is not led into uncomfortable corners. No deal is better than a bad deal. Indeed.