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Whither Britain?

The political fight about Brexit in deadlocked Britain is becoming so noisy that Prime Minister Theresa May is besieged and, unfortunately, almost paralysed.

Her Conservatives are bitterly divided. The sniping and sabotage, the resignations and political insurrections, the continuous infighting are having their toll on May and seriously threatening a leadership challenge. Even the EU seems to be preparing for such a scenario, for more chaos and for all outcomes should an early election be suddenly called.

May’s Chequers plan was attacked from different sides. She even tried to cave in to hardline Brexit enthusiasts and accepted some amendments to her plan to make the deal unpalatable to the European side.

Ironically, the 2016 Brexit referendum was called by her predecessor, David Cameron, to end Conservative Party divisions over Europe. However, that backfired when senior figures, including Boris Johnson, campaigned to quit the EU, promising that Britain could retain the benefits of its economic ties to Europe, strike free trade deals around the globe, keep the money it sends to Brussels and resume control of all immigration policy.

There is another problem for May: the Ireland problem. Another delicate problem that leads to a broader question about what kind of access a post-Brexit Britain could, or could not, have to Europe’s Single Market.

Nobody has the faintest idea what will happen in the next few weeks or months. The risk for May and for Britain is real: that of a political deadlock in Britain and with Britain drifting towards the cliff edge. Let’s hope this would not be the case and that May survives.

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