This week we witnessed another Conservative Prime Minister reduced to rubble over Brexit, whoever ends up replacing her in Number 10 will likely suffer the same fate. Ultimately, she was undone by refusing to acknowledge a simple truth; leaving the EU will be complicated, lengthy and painful. Until that truth is confronted we’re doomed to repeat the same pattern; construct a fantasy, have it blown apart by reality, fail, resign. All the while allowing the anger and betrayal vote to swell making the country ever harder to govern.
This isn’t an argument for remain, but for realism. If leaving the EU is truly desirable, then confronting these hurdles is the only way to deliver it. Either by convincing people it’s worth it and having a credible plan to minimise the impact or decide it’s not worth the bother and move on to something else. Unless events force it upon us, this revelation may still be two or three prime ministers away. For now, we get to watch Tory hopefuls compete for who next gets to have their reputation demolished by Brexit.
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