… it’s from the government. The Remainers can do nothing against a determined government. The Benn-Burt bill can easily be sidestepped, for example, by sending an additional letter to the EU making an extension impossible. Other Remainer last-minute tactics can also be stopped by a government that is determined enough. I expect Parliament could be prorogued until the start of November if necessary.
No, the biggest problem is Johnson, Cummings and their team. As I’ve been saying all along, they’re not No Dealers. They want a deal. They want a deal pretty desperately, in fact. The EU knows that as well, because Johnson and co… keep saying so. Yes, this amazingly crack team of supposedly ruthless negotiators keep talking about how much they really don’t want No Deal. Way to convince the other side, dudes. Sure May and her team were history’s worst ever negotiators, but this lot aren’t far behind.
Take this, for example:
[Johnson said] that no-deal would be a “failure of statecraft for which we would all be responsible”.
This is, at first glance, an utterly stupid thing to say, not only because it signals to the EU how desperate he is for a deal, but it also makes it difficult for himself to accept No Deal, because then No Deal becomes condemned as a failure by his own words. But I think the real point of him saying it was to both signal to the EU that he wants a deal – please give me something – and to soften Brexiteers up for No Deal not happening.
Johnson is convinced that the EU will crack and he’ll get a good deal. He’s been saying for years that the real negotiation happens in the last few weeks, or even days. Maybe the EU will crack, I don’t know. But why would they, when they know Johnson will? They’re psychopaths and ideologues, and he isn’t. They know he’s boxed himself into a corner almost as badly as May has.
The EU’s tactic has remained the same for years. Offer the same piece of shit over and over again, knowing that as time runs out Parliament may become desperate enough to pass it. In indicating that he’d really, really, prefer not to walk away with no deal, Johnson has proved little more adept than Theresa May at coping with a real-life negotiation.