Theresa May’s desperation to get her Brexit agreement through Parliament appears to have deprived her of any ability to think beyond that short-term goal.
According to the BBC this morning, May is now considering removing the Northern Ireland ‘backstop’ – the arrangement to prevent a ‘hard border’ between Ireland and Northern Ireland from the deal altogether.
This, she thinks, might bring enough of her back-bench opponents onside to win a parliamentary vote.
Of course, the minor problem with this is that winning the parliamentary vote would be nothing more than PR, as it will then not be the deal agreed with the EU – and the EU will not sacrifice the backstop because of its importance to the Irish government and to the Good Friday Agreement.
If May is hoping to use the passage of a non-deal as leverage to force the EU to accept and ratify it as a deal after the fact, she has lost touch with reality.
It seems there is no limit to May’s delusion, incompetence and desperation.
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