Boris Johnson, rather unwisely, I thought, included the expression the “end of the dream” in his resignation letter, (a resignation which, Caroline Lucas suggested, would enable him to spend more time with his photographer).
So, amid all the bluster and buffoonery Boris Johnson has dreams? I suspect they were largely of becoming Prime Minister, but personal ambitions aside, we now know that Brexit will founder on the rocks of Ireland, one DUP rock, which, heaping on the irony, is the one which keeps the Conservative and Unionist Party in power and the other, an Irish rock which is supported by the EU.
Britain has agreed that “The United Kingdom will ensure that no new regulatory barriers develop between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom”, so that means that the UK cannot, in any real sense, leave (but on the bright side, nor can it be thrown out – and it is not in the Euro!) From the moment of this agreement the outcome was inevitable without the virtually impossible scenario that the EU now decides to cease its support of the Republic of Ireland as an integral part of the EU and single market.
If the Brexiters had properly thought about it and were not the fantasists they have turned out to be, it is clear that what they should have been doing is campaigning first for Irish unification.
Having achieved that real Brexit could follow.
Whilst Frank Field and Kate Hoey might, just conceivably, have decided to start on that task first, it seems unlikely that the pillars of the Conservative and Unionist Party such as Johnson and Leadsome would be especially happy to rub shoulders, tantalising though the prospect is, with Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness.
But since that is the logic of the Brexiters’ ‘dream’, perhaps they might now be regretting that they didn’t consult a Constitutional and EU law professor first.
Their planning failures mean that the dreams are giving their fellow citizens nightmares.