Now that Britain’s Parliament has rejected a half-in, half-out compromise on membership in the European Union, what’s best for the lovers of liberty in the UK? The answer is to do nothing.
It is best to stop trying to strike with Brussels a “deal” or withdrawal agreement. Rather, the government should permit the two months to the Brexit deadline to pass, and — presto! — Britain will be independent without a deal.
That’s what’s called a “no-deal Brexit.” It’s what Prime Minister Theresa May has been scrambling to avoid with her feckless negotiations and an agreement that would have left Britain half-in and half-out of the EU.
No sooner was May’s deal this week hooted out of Parliament — the vote was 432 to 202 against her compromise, the most resounding defeat for a government proposal in living memory — than the Europeans themselves started agitating to cancel Brexit altogether.
“If a deal is impossible, and no one wants no deal,” the president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, tweeted, “then who will finally have the courage to say what the only positive solution is?” What Tusk wants is to somehow undo the outcome of the 2016 plebiscite.
Yet it isn’t true that “no one wants no deal.” London foghorns may be warning that a no-deal Brexit would mean a period of economic turmoil. A strong faction, though, sees no deal as ideal. And such an outcome has already been authorized by an act of Parliament.
“Most of the MPs saying we can’t leave without a deal actually voted for a law that provides for us to leave without a deal,” says a Jacob Rees-Mogg, a Conservative member of Parliament and a leading Brexiteer.