I am strangely excited about the looming showdown between the forces of ignorance (aka Boris Johnson and his snobbish, elitist cabinet) and the combination of rebel Tories, Labour, Lib Dems and everyone else who believes BoJo wants a no-deal Brexit to happen (despite his own government’s warnings about why this would be awful).
It’s strange that BoJo insists we can get a deal, despite his government spending more time preparing for no-deal. Amber Rudd, formerly the work and pensions secretary, had an inside view of the government’s workings, but has resigned in protest at the lack of action on securing a deal. We’ve had angry rhetoric from a Prime Minister that’s using what effectively amounts to bullying to get his party in line, with the consequence being that his own brother has quit BoJo’s government, and Boris had presided over the loss of his government’s majority to boot.
Unable to behave in a responsible fashion, Boris has called (and the official Conservative party Twitter account has gotten into this act) Jeremy Corbyn a ‘chicken’ and a ‘big girl’s blouse’ (some latent sexism there from BoJo too), because Corbyn has refused to accept an offer of a general election whilst no-deal Brexit remains possible. It’s obvious to me that Corbyn is seeking to safeguard the country against a terrible move, yet Boris is seemingly determined to have it happen. Why?
Does anyone win in a no-deal scenario? I’m struggling to think of who benefits from it. Mind you, I haven’t yet seen an upside to any form of Brexit, but perhaps a Brexiteer can give me some idea of why our current situation is worse than what we could have via Brexit. Some concrete ideas around the economy, trade, security, etc.