Well, as the former DUP SpAd Richard Bullick noted last night, whilst we have an agreed text (“as stable as it can be”), this is likely only to be round one of getting anything through parliament at Westminster.
We may now have reached the ‘hunger games’ phase of this process …
— Richard Bullick (@RichardBullick1) November 13, 2018
The DUP has signalled clearly that since its ‘blood red lines’ have been breached, it’s not biting. So there goes the government’s majority. It’s own 40 plus rebels don’t look like they will bite either.
Politically, it is almost impossible for the Labour Party to touch it at this stage either. For remainers, the transparent loss of agency is by far the poorer option to remaining inside the EU…
This leaked note from EU’s deputy chief negotiator says it all. pic.twitter.com/ErsXXBEDIk
— Hugo Dixon (@Hugodixon) November 14, 2018
And Boris’s shrill Prince Hal ‘yet herein will I imitate the sun’ impersonation, may make it hard for Labour Brexiteers to limit the appeal of ‘Spitefires and Churchill” for their own wayward bases.
Few politicians in Leinster House believe this is all heading towards to a “no deal”. Yet several have publicly voiced concern that getting “the deal” may require the surrender of their Christmas holidays.
The numbers at Westminster dictate that there is still a fair bit of play in this yet…
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