Fintan O’Toole: Brexit ultras haven’t the guts to do the only logical thing

A truly patriotic politician would now ask the British people again if this is what they really want

Theresa May gives a statement at Downing Street. It is easier to keep pretending that, if only May had stuck it to the Europeans in the negotiations, the perfect have-cake/eat-cake Brexit would have been delivered. Photograph:  Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty

Theresa May gives a statement at Downing Street. It is easier to keep pretending that, if only May had stuck it to the Europeans in the negotiations, the perfect have-cake/eat-cake Brexit would have been delivered. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty

In Ambrose Bierce’s The Devil’s Dictionary, published in 1911, we find the following definition: “Road, n. A strip of land along which one may pass from where it is too tiresome to be to where it is futile to go.”

A pithy summary of the draft UK withdrawal deal from the EU, which was finally published this week, might be: “Brexit, n. A meandering road from where the British found it too tiresome for them to be to where it is futile for them to go.” The deal spells out what Brexit actually looks like: second-class membership of the European Union.

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