The problem with Brexit is that it is undoable, say many Remainers. They are actually softening the blow when they say this; the truth is, Britain is unable to do Brexit because it simply isn’t up to it. I know, I know, this is the thing no one is supposed to mention. But look at the evidence: the government has been hopeless on Brexit. And this was the government that the British voters chose, the one that was also, objectively, the best one available since all the other options were either terrible or completely unrealistic.
If our government, or any other possible government that could have been formed in the House of Commons, was never going to be up for what Brexit entails, then it was always doomed. That’s just basic logic. You can talk all you want about the bulldog spirit of the British people, if the only governments available are ones that couldn’t negotiate their way out of a paper bag, then there was never any way the country was going to be able to extract itself from an agreement which has bound up within it every single one of our trade deals, not just with the EU but every other country in the world.
Look at what the government are saying now: that tariffs will be slashed to almost zero if no deal occurs. It doesn’t take an expert in trade deals to figure out that once you’ve reduced all of your tariffs to zero, no country has any incentive to sign any deal with the UK (the old why buy the cow analogy kicks in here).
Stories like this make me sad. Yet we still just have time for the boss to offer us a raise and for us to shelve those mad MC skills for another, purely hypothetical day.