The deed has been done. The Article 50 letter has been delivered. It is now up to the Crown (Her Majesty’s government) to negotiate with the EU. Parliament may, of course, have debates (I am sure the Lib Dems and the SNP will miss no opportunity to propose motions for consideration by the Commons), but there isn’t really anything Parliament can do until the negotiations are concluded, or about to be concluded. I suppose it must be possible that the courts will be invited to intervene in the negotiations, but they will refuse to do so. There will, no doubt, be endless leaks (some might even contain vaguely true information) from the negotiators on both sides. And I am sure the most fanatical remainers will continue to arrange demonstrations whenever they can (they tend to be the sort of people who have more faith in public demonstrations than in argument). But the reality is that, gradually, everything will calm down and we will be able to stop living and breathing Brexit every moment of every day.
What a relief that will be. I say that, but I have to admit that I have found it all to be fascinating. I discovered that one could watch the Supreme Court in action, and was glued to the box throughout that hearing. I couldn’t drag myself away from the telly during the passage of the Bill. I watched most of the debates in both the Commons and the Lords. As I have mentioned elsewhere, I was desperately disappointed to discover that the standard of debate in the Lords was so low. But I thought the Commons, on the whole, did us proud. The conventional theory is that it is the Lords which excels and the Commons which churns out trite nonsense. Well, on Brexit, it was, mostly, the other way round.
But we can have too much of a good thing. I think we have earned a rest. And I reckon there is a good chance we will get it, until all the fireworks go off again in two years’ time. Make no mistake, we do need that rest. There can be no doubt that, as the negotiations come to an end, it will all start up again. Lord Pannick will be back in the Supreme Court asserting that the Crown has no right to sign an agreement. Both Houses of Parliament will have lengthy debates in which ardent remainers will desperately try to prevent the government accepting the terms agreed with the EU (whatever they might be). There will be mass demonstrations in Trafalgar Square. There will then be a referendum in Scotland on independence. And then,, of course, there will be a general election. Yes, we do need to rebuild our reserves of energy to prepare for 2019/20.
I wonder what you will all do during this holiday from Brexit. Do tell us.