First, it is worth noting that the government is so divided that, at the eleventh hour, it has been forced to call upon the opposition for help.
I suggest that indicates that the government and the Conservative Party have collapsed.
The UK Prime Minister, who has been so intent on putting party before country, has at last herself decided that it hasn’t worked. She has had to plead for help,not from her own party, but the opposition. This in itself is remarkable.
She seems to have endeavoured to put the ball in Corbyn’s court – but it is probably a trap.
When Corbyn accepts the Prime Minister’s invitation to help in a Brexit agreement he should decline contributing anything to Theresa May’s disastrous Withdrawal Agreement (WA) as he would risk joint ownership. I think that she is really offering only input to the political declaration, which has no legal force so in effect his only possibility is to say that he will support a referendum on her agreement if the other option is to remain. This seems unlikely to be agreed as May says she wants the WA to be concluded by May 22nd, so it is cry for help – but far from unconditional. In any case as she says she is going, a referendum holds her agreement to proper approval. Otherwise the Tory leader could change and simply decide on something else.
If it were me the other referendum option would actually be to revoke Article 50 but that may be a step too far for some in Labour. I consider that revoking article 50 gets you to the status quo ante and then if Brexiters want to leave they have ample and prolonged time to inform us of their plans.
Effictively, Ireland is the major stumbling block and revoking Article 50 would,I think, force the Brexiters to give their attention to reuniting Ireland – which is the only legitimate way that Britain could legally, deal or no deal, exit the EU.
Legal is important because if you want to negotiate, as we are always told, trade deals around the world, then people have to realise that Britain will keep to its word. Tearing up the internationally registered Good Friday Agreement will not endear negotiators on the other side of the table.
All of this is basic stuff and it is frightening that we have a government that seems impervious to the understanding of these simple rule of law principles – for which Britain used to be renowned.
Indeed the rule of law is essential for the upkeep of any state.
We seem to be approaching a state failure organised by our very own Prime Minister.