I see it going a little bit like this:
- Britain: "NO DEAL!", we will keep the £39b settlement!
- EU: Sure, we'll just recoup it by taxing all your exports to the Union. Should take no more than a couple of years.
- Britain: Er...
- EU: It is... How do young people call it these days? Ah yes: "All your exports are belong to us".
- Britain: ...
- Scotland: FREEDOM!
(You read it here first) 😋
The only way out of the Irish backstop in a no deal scenario, as now seems likely, is N Ireland either independent, or in a federation of some sort with Ireland.
Wait for it now... Trump will step in to offer to "buy England."
"It's essentially a real estate deal on a distressed property," Mr. Trump will opine.
I did not want to mention Ireland, but, yeah, Irish reunification now seems a very possible outcome.
I mean, we had Ian Paisley Jr calling (with perfect hypocrisy, I might add) on people to get Irish Republic passports in 2016:
His dad must still be spinning in his grave over that one...
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