Hardcore Brexiteers push to leave EU with no deal
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.”