On June 24 2016 I said the UK needs to invoke Article 50 and leave the EU immediately. But Daniel Hannan said that we need to take our time, there was no hurry, we need to work out what sort of Brexit we want. I couldn’t believe he was so naive. And there are still Brexiteers saying similar things today. We should take our time. Thrash it out internally over what sort of deal we want with the EU, and leave plenty of time to sort things out with the EU.
It amazes me that clever people who have got so far in life can be so clueless about the tactics of their enemies, even though those tactics are no great secret. Leaving the EU risks the unravelling of the whole progressive project, so of course it cannot be allowed to happen. That’s why we had to act decisively, to avoid getting bogged down.
But we haven’t, and now the tentacles have started to curl around our limbs again. Or, to go to another metaphor (one of my favourites), when you’ve wrestled the crocodile to the bank, you finish him off ASAP, otherwise he’ll slip back into the water again. Unfortunately Theresa May is not only not much of a crocodile wrestler, she’s trying to make friends with it.
Some senior Brexiters are now worried they have been done. One says: “If Theresa and Julian have sold us out here they are in real trouble. She reassured us all at the 1922.
Some people don’t learn, do they? How many more aeons can Tory MPs watch Theresa May pull that carrot just out of reach every time?