There is something oddly fascinating watching a political system self destruct.
Right from the very start it was obvious that Brexit wasn’t going to work. Norn Iron is part of the UK. That isn’t going to change. There can be no customs barrier between Norn Iron and the Republic. That cannot change with all the agreements that have been signed.
The options therefore are that Britain leaves the EU but breaks with Norn Iron. The Unionists will promptly rise up and probably start another war up there. Or the UK leaves in its entirety in which case customs posts will reappear and the IRA will have something to say about that.
To do anything other than those two options will mean only a partial break with the EU which will probably lead to an uprising in Britain. So Tessie May is running around like a headless chicken desperately trying to satisfy everyone which is impossible. She is stuck between democracy on one side and a morass of treaties, laws and obligations on the other.
In the meantime the entire political system in the UK has torn itself apart and is going to have one hell of a job reassembling itself before the next election, if it ever does.
Down here [in the real Ireland] we will be affected by the eventual outcome. There is little doubt that the UK will in all likelihood crash out spectacularly. Customs posts aside, that means that prices here will go up. There may not be a reason for those price hikes, but the opportunity for business to shriek that price rises are necessary just because of Brexit will be too good to miss. It’s a bit like all the prices going up when we decimalised and again when we joined the Euro.
The whole process is the true definition of a Right Royal Fuckup.