Sunday 19 November 2017

All the bluster and bravado of Britain's Brexit misadventure can end only on a discordant note

The British government's handling of Brexit is like a comic opera but without the cheerful denouement

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson Photo: PA
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson Photo: PA

Willie O'Dea

There are moments when the British government's handling of its Brexit misadventure seems to come straight out of the libretto of a Victorian comic operetta.

Less than a week after sending her Article 50 letter, one of Theresa May's many predecessors as Tory leader was telling national TV he thought the British Prime Minister would be prepared to go to war to protect Gibraltar as Margaret Thatcher once did for the Falklands.

This was just the spurious inducement the over- excitable pro-Brexit press needed. Within days they were running inflammatory front pages calling for the sending of armadas and flotillas, not to mention the obligatory "Up Yours" gesture to Madrid.

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