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As each contradicted himself while presenting unicorns and rainbows as solutions to real world urgencies, the presenter was tired of trying to get them to confront the contradictions and ended the interview almost physically restraining herself from telling the pair of them what she thought of their idiocies in plain language. At one point I felt that actual on-screen physical violence was likely such was the provocation. I think she deserved a medal for restraint.
However, it made me realise that, as unlikely as it may seem, Boris is unlikely to want to have a no-deal scenario. If only for the reason that he is famously lazy and sorting out the issues afterwards would be too much like hard work.
So, the question then is what is the rbbit he would pull from the hat, to which I return to the obvious and easy answer of making Ulster stay in the customs union, removing the need for the hated backstop.
This enables May's deal to sail through parliament, Hail to boris and trebles all round. He can bask in the glory with almost no work. Go to the country and win a General Election for delivering on the people's vote (he hopes)
This flies because May was far too dependent on her deal with the DUP, but there was ALWAYS support for her deal on the Labour benches, but never showed itself because the tories were too solidly against the backstop. Take that away and .....
keep to the Fen Causeway
It's not a platform that would win him a general election.
Seems to me with the SNP snapping-up Scottish seats it's 50/50 if Labour has the votes to win enough seats - the goal, after all - in a General Election. In a FPTP system it is possible the Tories could lose the popular vote but retain enough seats to form a government.
She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
However in the meantime the realisation has gradually sunk in that the agreement is not negotiable as far as the EU is concerned, and the best they can hope for is that the backstop is somehow magically removed or modified.
The reality of a no deal Brexit has now also begun the sink in, and not just as a negotiating ploy: so now those desperate for a deal are willing to accept perhaps just one face saving change to enable them to back a deal they previously opposed.
So if Boris can pull a rabbit out of the hat - say a NI only backstop - the vast majority would happily embrace it. The problem is there may not be enough rogue Labour votes to pass it in the absence of DUP and some Tory hardliner support.
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