Hard­core Brex­i­teers push to leave EU with no deal

The Buffalo News - - WORLD NEWS - By Wil­liam Booth and Karla Adam

BOS­TON, Eng­land – Here in the fens of Lin­colnshire, the shock troops in the 2016 cam­paign for Bri­tain to leave the Euro­pean Union won their great­est vic­tory.

The hard­core pam­phle­teers and zeal­ous door-knock­ers, who urged their wards to “take back con­trol” of their bor­ders, their money and their fu­tures, tri­umphed by the largest mar­gin of any dis­trict in Bri­tain, with 75.6 per­cent vot­ing to with­draw from the con­ti­nen­tal trad­ing bloc.

And now? They’re se­ri­ously miffed.

“I say, let’s get on with it, please!” said Yvonne Stevens, a re­tired pro­pri­etor of a tea shop and mem­ber of the lo­cal coun­cil. “Let’s get out. Knock us on our back­sides. Go on! We’ll be on the floor look­ing up. We’ll sort it out. Just get us out of Europe.”

Stevens and her fel­low Brex­i­teers are push­ing for the once-unimag­in­able – to leave the Euro­pean Union with no deal at all.

Par­lia­ment is sched­uled for a his­toric vote Tues­day evening on Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May’s unloved, halfin, half-out com­pro­mise exit plan. Mem­bers of her own Con­ser­va­tive gov­ern­ment ac­knowl­edge that May’s deal – ne­go­ti­ated over the past two years in Brus­sels – might fail to win sup­port.

If May’s deal sur­vives, then Brexit lurches ahead and Bri­tain leaves the Euro­pean Union – kind of, sort of – on March 29 as planned.

If May’s deal dies? Chaos.

There is, of course, an­other op­tion – one that was viewed as reck­less, al­most un­think­able just a few months ago, but has been gath­er­ing grow­ing sup­port among hard-line Brex­i­teers, and that is for Bri­tain to leave the Euro­pean Union with no deal.

In the placid farm­ing and mar­ket town of Bos­ton, which holds the prize as the most Brexit-lov­ing city in Bri­tain, the cam­paign­ers to leave say they are ready to roll the dice with no deal.

“I think all the doom and gloom is ex­ag­ger­ated,” said Stevens, the pen­sioner. “It’s scare­mon­ger­ing is what it is.”

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