In response to Hector Drummond: May will go to any lengths to win this dirty Leninist war,
If as the author says a majority of the cabinet now favour no deal, they could be rid of her at once by collectively announcing the fact to the media, withdrawing their support from Mrs May and challenging her either to sack them or resign.
The Cooper/Letwin bar on leaving without a deal binds parliament only. If the EU says time’s up and as far as we’re concerned you are no longer EU members as of April 12, then we’re out without a deal regardless of parliament.
The chances of this happening may be slight but the Tories really need to get things sorted before the local elections when they’ll be slaughtered. Both the Tories and the EU have every interest in preventing UK participation in the EU parliamentary elections which will be a massive and unspinnable repudiation of both.
Up to now, the government and MPs have been free to play their games alone inside the Westminster bubble. That immunity narrows with every day that passes without a resolution of the Brexit crisis.
Now it is the voters’ turn and they are coming with sleeves rolled up.
It can’t be repeated often enough that the Tories own Brexit whatever happens. If they eventually bow to Mrs May’s deal, Labour will skewer them for years to come with every adverse consequence as it comes to light.
Leaving with no deal will clear the decks of all the current infighting and parliamentary cheating. A new prime minister can say ‘We’ve delivered what the referendum voted for, now let’s make it a success together’ which Corbyn’s Marxism will never do.
Looked at this way, no deal is a no brainer.