Tuesday, September 03, 2019

This is not even the end of the beginning

As Atrios has mentioned several times recently, a no-deal Brexit actually means there are a million deals. Instead of one set of rules for how to do everything in dealing with all the EU countries, the UK would have to negotiate individual deals about each thing, with each country, while everything waiting for a negotiated deal is in a chaotic no-mans land as each one of those deals gets worked out. "No-deal Brexit" would be actually be thousands if not millions of deals, negotiated bit by bit over the course of the coming decade. If a no-deal Brexit happens, that's just the beginning not the end.

If the British people just want to be done with the whole Brexit thing, there is only one way to do that: call the whole thing off. Brexit itself is necessarily a long drawn-out process. If you're tired of this shit and want to move on, the only possible way to do that is to not Brexit.