I’m unsure whether to be happy that politicians rejected the ridiculous idea of approving one of the most important pieces of legislation in recent history in 3 days… or pissed off that this whole thing seems likely to drag on even longer. *
It seems like Boris’s deal has more support among the public and politicians than May’s deal did. Despite being basically the same deal!
I wonder if this is because everyone is just fed up and wants things to be over, or because all the shennanigans with parliamentary process, court cases etc… have overshadowed the actual content of the deal (which no-one really seems to be talking about this time).
It’s therefore somewhat ironic that despite having more support, it seems like Boris’s shennanigns and insistence on Oct31 may scupper a deal that he actually might be able to pass with a bit more time.
It’s also somewhat ironic that the Conservative and Unionist Party seems quite happy to basically abandon Northern Ireland and set up a defacto border between NI and the rest of the UK.
The paperwork is likely to screw over any small businesses in NI who export mainly to the UK.
It’s pretty clear at this point that a lot on the Brexit side are basically on the Engxit (Exit?) side and don’t really care very much about any of the other home nations.
(I also wonder how long it’s going to be before the Express is full of stories about all the horrible foreign criminals who are entering the UK via Ireland and the unchecked borders. )
*Although, given that the deal then sets up a trade-deal negotiation period ending in 2020, which seems totally unrealistic, even if the deal gets passed this whole thing seems likely to drag on for a while yet…