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Gwynne Dyer: U.K. Conservatives make Trump’s White House seem well run by comparison

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04.07.2019

Oscar Wilde described fox-hunting as "the unspeakable in pursuit of the inedible." Brexit may be similarly defined as the unhinged in pursuit of the infeasible.

Unhinged how? The last two men standing in the contest to replace Theresa May as leader of the Conservative Party, and therefore Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, are Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt. Both of them have now promised to take the U.K. out of the European Union without an exit deal on Oct. 31 unless the EU bows to their demands.

A "no-deal" exit would be an economic catastrophe, for the U.K.'s foreign trade is currently conducted in accord with the myriad trade deals that the EU has negotiated over the decades on behalf of its members. Crash out and Britain would have NO trade deals in place, even with Europe.

Both contenders know that there would be huge economic pain, and still they press on. On Sunday Jeremy Hunt said he would willingly tell people whose companies went broke after a no-deal Brexit that their sacrifice had been necessary, although he would do so "with a heavy heart." Boris Johnson simply says "F...k business."........

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