Does the British public just want Brexit to be done with?
By Joe Harker
Britain is seemingly growing increasingly bored of Brexit. Due to leave on March 29, chatter about a delay is growing as it seems like the UK won't have a deal passed through the House of Commons by then.
Many who support the idea of leaving the EU aren't interested in months and years of negotiation over the details, they just want what they voted for. There was no deal on the ballot paper in 2016, no instruction of how to leave the EU, simply the idea that the UK should leave.
That's what 52 per cent of those who participated in the referendum voted for. Not Hard Brexit, not Soft Brext, nor May's Brexit, Brexit in name only or no deal Brexit. The referendum said the public narrowly voted Leave, it never said how the UK should leave.
With the process bogged down in the "how" of the matter an increasing number of Brits are supporting the option that will get the UK out soonest and with no more negotiations dominating the news forever.
The public is warming up to the idea of a no deal Brexit, reports the Daily Telegraph.
Having failed to secure further concessions from the EU, though that was never going to happen, Theresa May will be presenting her deal to the House of Commons this week. There's just one problem (alright, there are many problems but this is the big one), nobody really likes it.
For those who want Brexit to continue and don't want May's deal a no deal Brexit is becoming an increasingly enticing prospect. If May's deal fails then the wrangling to secure a different one would almost certainly lead to a delay, which some Brexiters see as risking their beloved project.
If pursuing a Brexit deal could lead to a delay and possible obstruction of Brexit then some of the British public are warming up to leaving with no deal.
The Counter Claim:
Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Janet Daley warned that Theresa May's deal was imperfect but the only guaranteed way out of the EU.
Parliament doesn't want a no deal Brexit and if the government cannot pass a deal they will likely seek a delay to Article 50. At the very least voting through the deal would ensure the UK was actually leaving and dispel any uncertainty.
The public might want Brexit to be over and done with but the simple fact is that no matter what it will continue to be one of the dominant topics in the UK. If a deal passes then negotiations on the future relationship will begin.
Daley writes that plans and amendments are in place to attempt to stop a no deal Brexit, meaning that the only way Brexit happens is with a deal. That might require more parliamentary wrangling and months of negotiations over the future relationship but it would mean the UK left. Wanting to get Brexit over and done with could mean it never happens at all.
A new poll commissioned by pro-Leave group Brexit Express found that 44 per cent of the British public want a no deal Brexit compared to 30 per cent who absolutely do not want the UK leaving without a deal.
It also reported that 76 per cent of the public felt that the government had handled negotiations poorly. Meanwhile, 55 per cent of respondents said they "just want Brexit to be sorted" compared to 33 per cent who said they were willing to spend more time on it.
If May's deal is defeated on March 12 then parliament will get a vote on leaving with no deal the next day. A majority of MPs oppose a no deal Brexit and if that vote is defeated there will be a subsequent one on March 14 to delay Article 50.
Both the UK and EU have been preparing for a no deal Brexit, though they acknowledge that it isn't the idea scenario. It has been described as the most economically damaging outcome of Brexit, though it is also considered the only form that would make the most fervent supporters of leaving the EU happy.