Speaking as an observer of Brexit (from a healthy distance), I can only say in response to today’s news: what the hell?
It’s anybody’s guess as to what Theresa May thinks she can accomplish by putting off a Commons vote she knew she would lose. Certainly the EU negotiators and leaders are boggling at her claim that she is planning further negotiations on the Irish backstop. Twenty-seven nations have signed off on the current agreement. There is no more negotiation. This is the political equivalent of running after a taxi with its service light turned off — that taxi is not going to stop.
In the meantime, Andy Serkis — the actor who brought Gollum to life in the Lord of the Rings films — has just made his own political stance clear with a video that is black humor at its finest. My wife and I laughed so hard we were on the edge of tears.
Behold: Theresa Gollum May, caught on video in her parlor.
(The ticking clock was a brilliant touch — not only exemplifying the posh parlor but also literally counting down the seconds…)