The Wall Street Journal opined earlier this week that, in the words of the piece’s subheadline,
A no-deal crash out of the EU may be the best outcome now.
The rest of the thing was a string of rationalizations of why this is true, but the heart of the matter is that subhead.
In fact, though, a no-deal departure always has been the best outcome.
A priori because that’s what the Brits voted for in their referendum—they wanted their sovereignty and control of their own borders back. Full stop.
In retrospect because Brussels has acted in bad faith, solely to punish the Brits for their effrontery, ever since. EU leadership, lately in the person of Donald Tusk, has acted in echo of Jacques Chirac’s slam on eastern European nations:
It is not really responsible behavior. It is not well brought-up behavior. They missed a good opportunity to keep quiet.
There’s no reason at all for the Brits to talk further with the EU regarding the terms of Great Britain’s departure for freedom.
Update: Yesterday, the British Parliament voted against a no-deal Brexit and in favor of going to Brussels and beg for more time to negotiate. What happened to the courage that led Great Britain to build a globe-spanning empire?
Fortunately, Parliament’s move is non-binding. We’ll see whether Prime Minister Theresa May has the courage required to stay with the scheduled date for British departure, currently 29 March.