We now know that properly leaving the EU is incompatible with the Belfast or Good Friday Agreement (GFA).
So we either renegotiate that or stay in the EU.
In effect Britain could leave the EU when it has successfully reunited Ireland – but not before.
The UK’s place in the world turns out to be determined not by fantasies, but by the hard reality that Europeans once thought was the essence of British practicality.
Yet still we have Theresa May whipping her party (including her ‘joint responsibility’ cabinet) to vote to amend her very own Brexit deal she recently said was the best possible deal. She is now proposing to set off to ask Brussels to amend the Irish backstop, when they have always said they will not. Indeed they cannot (see GFA).
The Tory Party is having a nervous breakdown and, in turn, they are inflicting one on parts of the Labour Party, and in effect the whole country.
Lewis Carrol is writing the script:
” I can’t believe that!” said Alice. “Can’t you?” said the Queen in a pitying tone. “Try again: draw a long breath, and shut your eyes.” Alice laughed. “There’s no use trying,” she said: “one can’t believe impossible things.” “I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
Brexiters, have had lots of recent practice – and will clearly need something to do for at least half an hour a day.
Persuading the DUP to reunite Ireland should keep them occupied for now.
They will have to hope, this time, for inspiration from a French leader, who as AJP Taylor said (about Napoleon): “He always asked for the impossible, and sometimes it was granted him.”