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But that's not an endgame. Christmas isn't far off.
British exceptionalism seems to have come in several flavours over the centuries :
And it will hurt economically, and therefore be terminally unpopular, by early next year.
It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue
- Queen Elizabeth II
I am no so certain we will need to wait for Christmas. If they walk away from negotiations on the 15th of October as promised things will deteriorate quite fast.
Yes the UK economy could be severely damaged, with Ireland surprisingly resilient in the circumstances, and not the weakest link in the EU chain as Brexiteers seem to expect.
Yes N. Ireland could be de-stabilised and momentum for Scottish independence grow. But Boris can refuse referendums in Scotland and N. Ireland, and he has a solid majority of loyalists to ride out any storms. Most of the "moderates" in the Conservative party were weeded out at the last election.
The tabloids will sell any EU setbacks as major British victories, and any UK depression as a necessary transition to a brave new world. The sunny uplands of FREEDOM will always be just around the corner.
The Tories will lose the next election, but that could be over four years away. And by then a lot of irreversible changes will have taken place, and Labour will be complicit in a lot of it, and not actually offer a way back.
This divorce is for keeps, and it will be a long and bitter one.
Index of Frank's Diaries
Therefore I expect a definite exit to unfold pretty soon.
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