How a “no deal” followed by a blame game might suit some players…

Wolfgang Munchau on how all parties to the backstop might conspire to let it drown… and then blame someone else:

A no-deal Brexit is clearly not rational. But if you look at the incentives of each individual decision maker, you may find there are worse options than no deal for each one of them. For Mrs May, the very worst outcome would be to end up with no Brexit at all. For Mr Corbyn, a no-deal Brexit might be the best opportunity for an early general election. For Mr Varadkar, nothing would be more humiliating than to compromise on the backstop.

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