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Politics - Ian Dunt - N.Ireland isn't being 'annexed' - Brexit chickens are coming home to roost

Today will be full of hysterical gibberish from prominent Brexit supporters. They will insist that Brussels is trying to annex Northern Ireland, that a foreign power is now on the attack against the UK - intent on carving it up as some form of punishment for its decision to leave the EU.

It's rubbish. What we have seen today is the chickens coming home to roost for Brexiters. They have been warned over and over again during the last 18 months that it is not possible to leave the single market and customs union and still maintain an open border in Ireland. There is no solution to this problem. It is no more solveable than someone demanding you make a sports car with square wheels. It simply cannot be done.

Today, the bleak legal reality of that impossibility was made clear. The European Commission's draft text of the withdrawal treaty - basically the legal version of the political agreement signed in December - was published. It puts in clear, precise language what was previously fudged in the Irish section.

Last weekend Matthew Parris published an amusing essay (behind Times paywall) where he speculated that, eventually, having tried every possible stupid option for brexit, the Tories will finally just drop the whole stupid idea and quietly withdraw their resignation from the EU.

But we're not there yet, even as Boris spouts ever madder ideas for the Ulster border question. Even the press are beginning to notice he's nuts. Once, a lot of people thought he was interesting, good for quotes, a command of Latin. Everybody laughed with Boris. What a card !! What japes !! Such fun.

But eventually only his fan club in the right wing press thought he was good copy. But lately he's lost even them.

People now either laugh at him or, worse, they don't laugh at all. I think Boris is not enjoying himself any more, nobody talks about him as a future leader of the Tory party or PM. Even Jacob Rees-Mogg is a more likely candidate and he's a bona fide idiot.

Brexit is going down, not (just) because it's a bad idea, but mostly because the people tasked with making it happen are chancers, idiots and fools.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Feb 28th, 2018 at 04:26:04 PM EST

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