Kevin Doyle: Boris Johnson resignation a 'game-changer' - but many will want to see Theresa May survive crisis
The turd has just hit the fan in the UK.
When David Davis resigned late last night most people shrugged their shoulders.
At all the big moments, Mr Davis has been overruled by the Prime Minister. He has been side-lined from the key talks since last year.
Ahead of the Chequers summit last week, Tánaiste Simon Coveney travelled to London to meet a string of ministers and senior officials who gave him a strong indication of what to expect. David Davis was not among those on his list.
So nobody was too bothered when he walked out on Theresa May’s government.
But the Boris Johnson bombshell is a game-changer.
It’s well-known that he has ambitions to be Prime Minister someday – but this probably isn’t that moment.
At the same time his resignation will massively destabilise an already shattered UK government.
Mrs May faces the prospect of placing a motion of confidence in herself before the party in a move that could see others go overboard.
But she’d live with overboard if it prevented a mutiny.
The Irish government are closely watching the drama unfold, as are all European leaders.
They will want her to survive this latest drama because what’s the alternative?
If the Brexiteers managed to oust Mrs May, the negotiations which are supposed to conclude in October would be totally derailed.
“A disorderly no deal would have profound consequences,” Mrs May said today, adding: “I believe the UK deserves better.”
A hard Brexit with all the risks of a border on the island of Ireland would be inevitable.
Another snap election could throw up any result and maybe catapult Jeremy Corbyn into power.
The stakes are incredibly high for all involved, especially Ireland.
Speaking in a rowdy Commons just moments after Mr Johnson confirmed his resignation, the Prime Minister said a “frictionless” border must be maintained.
Her current plan – that was agreed by her Cabinet on Friday including Davis and Johnson - seeks to keep the UK and the EU in a free-trade zone for goods, and commits Britain to maintaining the same rules as the bloc for goods and agricultural products.
Mrs May denies this will restrict the UK’s ability to strike trade deals with countries like America.
In a resignation letter, Davis said the “’common rule book’ policy hands control of large swathes of the British economy to the EU.”
Football may or not be coming home – but it seems the Brexit chickens are definitely coming home to roost.