In response to Kathy Gyngell: Professor Prins on why the EU is doomed, Badger wrote:
If we had had a Leaver as Prime Minister then everything would have been settled at least a year ago. Ideally we would have given notice 24 hours after the result, told the EU exactly what we wanted from them and if they wanted to talk then they would be welcome to talks in London.
If they didn’t then it would be WTO and we would be imposing no tariffs on imports from the EU.
So simple. But we had a prime minister who has never made a correct decision in her political life. A former Home Secretary whose CV was a list of catastrophic failures without a single triumph to set against it. A prime minister who had and still has no political philosophy and not an original thought in her head. Consequently she had no set of values, no programme, nothing to aim for, a political tabula rasa.
That meant she was vulnerable to anyone who could convincingly explain their political agenda to her and offer her the most risk-free option short of renouncing the referendum result. And so it came to pass.
Olly Robbins and a dedicated pro-EU civil service were there to ‘advise’ and, being completely lost for want of a vision, she became clay in their well-manicured hands. And the EU couldn’t believe how stupid the British could be.