These days is virtually impossible to escape discussions about Brexit and today the final blow was the third rejection by the House of Commons of Theresa May’s deal. Now the clock is ticking until the 12th of April, which is the deadline set by the EU for the exit of the UK from the EU if the current deal was rejected by Parliament today. A new European Council has already been called for the 10th of April to refresh positions of European institutions in the light of this new twist in the story. Brussels has always opposed the idea of a no deal Brexit, because of the negative consequences for Europe of a disordered exit of the United Kingdom from the Union. So, in all likelihood, a decision will be taken to allow for a long extension of Brexit deadline to allow for alternative solutions to the situation to be elaborated and agreed upon, included possibly no Brexit at all. We are entering a whole new shambolic scenario characterised by high unpredictability and instability.
It is almost unbelievable how Theresa May, arguably the worst British Prime Minister in living memory, managed to get her country in this utterly embarrassing situation because of her incapacity to listen to changes in the political mood around her about Brexit, since the infamous EU referendum. Over the past two years, reality checks have forced people and politicians to rethink about the consequences of exiting the European project and what future different arrangement shoudl regulate the relationship of the UK with the rest of the continent and, more generally, the new place of the UK in conteporary geo-politics. May’s inability to read the pulse of her fellow politicians, in her own party and citizens at large, can only mean she now needs to bear the consequences of such incompetent arrogance and resign from office, allowing for other people to lead a political process she no longer has authority to steer. Most probably this would mean calling for new political elections in the UK to allow for a different Parliament to accompany this new political phase.