How can the Government persist with such a crazy idea?

Walter Eagle

When, oh when, will the Government accept the true condition of Brexit?

It was a monumentally bad idea in the first place. Being chosen narrowly first out of two in a popularity contest did not validate it as a political, economic, social or legislative concept.

And surely now, after three years of trying to carry out this madness, our Parliament must recognise quite how impossible the task is. Although I don't support the Prime Minister, I actually think Theresa May has done the best that she could. She wasn't one of those who campaigned to Leave, but she accepted the result of what was intended to be only an advisory referendum and set about trying to execute the will of the people. She must have anticipated that the EU would not yield in any negotiations or discussions. Why should they? Why would they bend over backwards to help the UK to leave and thereby set a precedent for any other country? That would be completely against protecting the interests of the organisation itself. So, she appointed the self-proclaimed Brexit experts and enthusiasts in key positions to carry out the negotiations - that's right, Davies, Johnson, Gove, Raab and the chain of others - and they all hopelessly, embarrassingly, cringingly failed to make any progress.

It's time now to cancel the whole intention, apologise to the EU and the UK electorate for the waste of time, money and resources, and ask if we can Remain after all, please. If it makes the Brexiteers feel any better we can say that it's been cancelled, not on idealogical grounds, but for empirical pragmatic reasons - it just can not be done. An ex-colleague, whenever asked to carry out any task he viewed as clearly impossible, stupid or pointless, tried to express the magnitude of the mistake with the phrase, "That's like trying to push fog up a cat's arse with a pencil." Well, we've spent the past three years pushing and I'd say the fog hasn't cleared one bit.