Brexit: A Black Hole at the Heart of Government

All that is left for us, the mere plebs to do, is watch in awe as the process of government disintegrates.

By Dr Richard North and cross-posted from

“MPs are in a dark room, looking for a black cat, that isn’t there”, writes Matthew d’Ancona in a piece that starts well but tails off badly as he concludes by asking, “if there is any way of breaking this impasse that doesn’t involve a fresh referendum, will somebody please tell me what it is?”

There is, of course, a way out. That is for parliament to take the decision it insisted it was its to make – the “meaningful” decision as to whether to accept the withdrawal agreement. And if it decides not to – which it has done so far – then it needs to “own” that decision and accept that the only rational alternative is a no-deal Brexit, with all that that entails.

Instead, like the bunch of wimps they are, they want it both ways. They don’t want to take responsibility for making the decision which will take us out of the EU on extremely unfavourable terms, yet they can’t bring themselves to accept that the consequences of not so doing will be extremely dangerous for the nation, expensive and politically disruptive.

So, unable to make a firm decision either way, they hide behind the procedural step of last week’s vote – one which registers its opposition to Mrs May’s plan, but stops short of the “killer step” that would remove the prime minister from office, and thereby bed in their decision and make it stick.

Instead, by allowing Mrs May to remain in place, they leave her to do what she must do, to present the same plan over and over again – like parents re-presenting a recalcitrant child with its uneaten food at successive mealtimes – until the MPs either cave in, or we run out of time and take the default option. Then we end up with the “accidental” no-deal exit, an option that no one decided to adopt, for which no one will take the blame

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One thought on “Brexit: A Black Hole at the Heart of Government

  1. I don’t believe there will be a Brexit. I don’t there was ever any intention of doing a Brexit. I think the politicians planned to “gum it to death” though infinite debate, argument, etc. And that is pretty much what happened. Of course no one thought of the British enclave in Ireland and problems closing the border would have, but that issue alone is enough to put the kibosh on a Brexit. I don’t think the ramifications of the Irish occupation ever occurred to them. And since in the UK the referendum is not legally binding (remember people in the UK or not citizens but subjects and with no constitution their rights are at the whim of parliament). So I predict no Brexit. But we’ll see. The UK parliament wouldn’t be the first set of politicians to cut their own throats.


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