Yeah that’s the problem for the Tories here longer-term. The current leadership is thinking completely short-term and without any regard for the consequences. The whole thing is built around getting Boris elected once, by any means necessary, literally any means. He’s shown very clearly the only thing hard-limiting him is the actual law and he’ll bend that as far as he can.
But what they’re not looking at is the fallout.
Say Boris manages to get no deal, and get elected. What then? The reality is, and he and his cronies well know this, that the country is going to be fucked economically, and people who voted for him will see their standard of living decline just as everyone else does. Pensioners who voted Leave and crowed about no deal and spewed racist rhetoric will be weeping on TV over how they can’t afford to eat, and we’ll all be supposed to feel sorry for them.
And there’s no way that goes well for him after that one term - indeed it’s unlikely he gets the full five years before a traditional Tory backstab from someone like Raab or Gove (who has backstabbed two PMs so far - does BoJo think he will be the exception?). I mean, motherfucker, did you learn NOTHING from Churchill? What does he think happened to Churchill? His most desperate desire is to be Churchill, but Churchill got unceremoniously given the boot, and never even came near power again, after WW2. No-one wanted his policies or leadership after that. So even if, by some dark miracle, his party did a good job dealing with no deal - which they won’t - even if, then he’d still be kicked out and the Tories too, because no-one wants any more of THAT thank you very much.
And the only think supporting the Tories will collapse too - the Leave vote - once Brexit is in the rear-view mirror, however it gets there, the Labour and just lazy voters who turned up to vote for Tory leavers will go back to their caves, under-bridges, crypts and hovels. The Tories have nothing to offer - they think they’re going to make a libertarian tax haven with no laws, but they will be lucky if they’re still in office even 2-3 years post-Brexit, and most of that will be mired in trench warfare, because even their own party won’t support much of the agenda of the nutjobs currently in charge.
Further, the appetite for political change has been whetted, quite unintentionally, by this. Cox was mumbling about how he wanted elected judges like the US (which is obviously not going to fly in the UK - it’s against basic notions of jurisprudence and even the public will just think of how the US put a serial sex offender on the supreme court), but the more realistic outcomes will be shifts towards some sort of elected second house, greater ministerial transparency, and so on. The Tories can resist that, but “people vs parliament” is a dangerous, wild beast and they can’t just re-cage it.