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The political dynamic that gave rise to this whole mess is still operational: the Tory Party is fatally spit between Anti/Pro factions.  Cameron - remember him? - had the referendum to silence the Anti faction and then went and lost the damn thing.

The Actual Choices facing the UK are:

  1.  The Deal on Offer -- not going to happen.  

  2.  Retract Article 50 Letter -- not going to happen.  It would destroy the Tory Party

  3.  No Deal

It's possible May is holding off the vote on The Deal on Offer in the hopes that the looming disaster(s) of No Deal will swing votes behind her.  It's more likely May is lost, adrift, out of options, and out of ideas.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Mon Jan 7th, 2019 at 07:13:25 PM EST
Option 3 would also destroy the Tory part.

It is amazing how short-sighted this has made everybody. Huge focus on what miracles of one sort or another might happen in the next 80 days, and no idea of what happens after that.

by asdf on Mon Jan 7th, 2019 at 08:11:06 PM EST
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they aren't the least concerned with what happens in 80 days. They're all rich, it's just a gme to them. Just a new variation on the playground larks at Eton. If it all goes wrong, they can retire to their villas in the south of France. Ah, but if they win, they can add another couple of noughts to their fortunes and buy an island in the Caribbean.

They are jostling for advantage day to day, hour to hour. They don't expect Theresa to fall, but need to ensure they are well positioned should she do so.

The people of Britain are nothing to them, nothing

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Jan 7th, 2019 at 08:48:08 PM EST
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The UK needs to renamed "Fantasy Island."  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Mon Jan 7th, 2019 at 11:09:47 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jan 8th, 2019 at 07:57:18 PM EST
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