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the history of coups in other countries suggests that competence is not necessary for success
You don't need a coup to demonstrate that! Exhibit no. 1 is in the US of A right now.
I think predictions of a coup or a revolution or a need for army support are overblown. The most likely thing is for the EU to give an extension, either in response to another request, or as a favor to the UK to give more time for them to come to their senses.
Or, maybe there will be a no-deal Brexit. Guess what, people will have to cope. There will be grumbling and deaths and demonstrations and politicking, lots of blame thrown around--some pointed at the EU which won't care, a broad recession, unemployment, etc. Back to the 1970s, which were survived by most people.
A question in my mind is what would happen after that. Suppose Corbyn's no confidence vote fails, there's a no-deal Brexit on 31 October, and general chaos after. Lots of emergency legislation, ratcheting up of police powers, deficit spending, etc. Boris survives and holds the next election a few years from now, and by then maybe has things under control enough to stay.
And then what? Is Labour going to change its stripes and become a solidly pro-EU organization, working hard for a "rejoin" effort? Are the Liberals going to switch back over to supporting the Conservatives? Are the Conservatives going to use the disruption as an excuse for more austerity, more handouts to the rich, etc.?
It seems like there is a lot of discussion about what might happen leading up to Brexit, but not much about the possibilities after. Cliff edge, then what???
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