Well, even the most hardened Brexiteers are now looking crest-fallen. Their only alternative to accepting a weak and woolly Brexit is to bring down their own Government, cause a General Election – and still almost certainly be left with a disaster of a Brexit on their hands.
The problem is, and has always been, that Brexit will be a disaster. Even if we simply left but remained in the Single Market and Customs Union we would have been weakened economically and, just as importantly, as a strategic power. There is a saying that there are two types of European Country – ones that have realised they are small countries, and those that haven’t realised it yet. And Britain is definitely still in the second camp. We no longer have an Empire, we belong to a Commonwealth which largely despises us for our Colonial past, and hangs together more through loyalty to the present Queen than anything else. There are simply three main economic power blocks in the World today – America, China and Europe. And our only real hope in the future is to remain part of Europe. Stay in and change things from within. Even if we leave with nothing (which is still unlikely) we will have to obey all the EU rules if we want to trade with them at all.
But, it looks as if there will be an almighty fudge. This is the only way out of the mess we have driven ourselves into. We will technically leave in March next year, champagne corks will pop, Mrs. May will be toasted. But, nothing will change – and nothing will have been decided -YET. Everything will be postponed and decided in the (at the moment) 21 month transition period, where there will be NO transition at all until yet more compromises are squeezed out of the very sour lemon that is all that will be left of our negotiating team. We will undoubtedly have to remain in the (or some sort of) customs union. And we may even have to continue accepting European free movement – possibly with some face-saving conditions.
The whole thing has been a fiasco, from start to finish. And whatever finally emerges will be worse than what we had and have so needlessly have thrown away.