We’re heading for a straight duel.. No-deal or No Brexit
government, to minimise deaths and chaos in the event this awful outcome actually happens.
And happen it could. There is a real imbalance in what must happen (or not happen) for a no-deal and what must happen for a People’s Vote. To get a second referendum, we need parliament to vote for it – and agree a question – the Electoral Commission to approve the question, and the EU to extend Article 50 to give us the time to do that. And then to stop Brexit, we need to win the vote.
To make no-deal happen, all its supporters have to do is stonewall everything else. If they can block an early election, block a deal, and block a second referendum – or run out the clock on them – they get what they want by default, and the rest of us will get the worst economic chaos in living memory. To an extent, they have the upper hand.
The clock is ticking faster than we know, because every course of action except inertia takes time. Once we hit the middle of February, an early election