I said yesterday that Parliamentary Remainers, despite their Supreme Court victory, still have limited options, one of which is to revoke Article 50 entirely. This would obviously be a terrible thing to happen, but in a way it may be the best thing for us clean Brexiteers. Because that would make it completely obvious to everyone that the Remain cause is not about giving people another say, or protections for the environment and workers, and so on. It’s about overturning the referendum and stopping Brexit, pure and simple.
It would also make it crystal clear what people like me have been saying for years, that the Establishment is a corrupt, bullying, anti-democratic, authoritarian, ideologically-deluded, puffed-up, preening, self-interested gang of self-appointed crooks who are actively working against the interests of the people and the country they are meant to serve. Before 2016 this sort of message was regarded by most as partisan exaggeration. Since then it’s become hard for even the smoothest Blairite to argue against. (Same with media bias: five years ago leftists would openly mock such claims, now it’s very hard to deny.)
So outright revocation would provide a strong reason for undertaking fundamental reform of the establishment (including the BBC), and even the perennially useless Conservatives would be forced to do something (though of course they’d do their best to fudge it). But it wouldn’t stop Brexit from happening, because pro-Brexit parties would sweep the board in the next election, and then we’ll just leave the EU immediately, no deals, no fudges, no extensions. So we’d ultimately get what we want on Brexit, and be able to do a lot of damage to the Establishment at the same time.
What I fear most is not revocation, but a deal, a watered-down version of May’s surrender document finally getting through Parliament, or some ridiculous concoction cooked-up by Labour and the LibDems. Because that will be hard to ever get rid of.