Theresa May goes all out and even throws her political future into the balance, to get the “deal” with the EU through Parliament and let Britain come out in an orderly way. That she would not lead the Conservative Party into the next election, the Prime Minister had already promised her group colleagues in December – then to win the vote of no confidence.
May has shortened her remaining term again. If everything goes “well” and UK withdrawal announcement brings the final votes for the “deal”, then the country would leave EU on the 22nd of May. One may assume that Theresa May still wants to experience this day in office. Then it would be over. It would be an honorable political end to this Prime Minister.
One can only wish the country and also the European Union that in the third attempt enough votes for the deal come together. The people who are directly affected by Brexit, but also the companies on the island and on the continent would finally have planning security – and the political tablecloth between London and Brussels would not have been cut.
The subsequent negotiations on future trade relations would not be a walk, but the moment of madness would be behind all those involved, and on both sides of the Channel, other important things could be talked about again.
If the deal fails again, possibly in the ten votes of the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party, which upholds the resistance so far, the process threatens to slip away completely. Even if the “indicative votes” that began on Wednesday lead to a result and the lower house presents a majority-eligible alternative to the deal, it would be out of place. It would probably usher in a phase of constitutional disputes that should soon lead to new elections. A long postponement of the withdrawal date would then be inevitable.
What that means? A grotesque European election involving a country that voted to quit – and another long period of uncertainty in which the obsessions in all camps would rather grow.