If the negotiations continue as they have to date with May conceding ground time and time again the UK will probably be in a Hotel California situation of booking out but never being able to leave. Politics is a fluid business and the longer the Brexit process continues the greater the opportunities for remainers to sabotage it. Labour might win the next election with a promise to hold a second referendum to keep the UK in the EU or even stand on a platform which promises the cancellation of Brexit. There may be some threat unrelated to Brexit such as another recession which might frighten enough of the electorate into backing such a Labour promise and, in the case of a second referendum, voting to remain.
It might be thought that the Labour Party is in such ideological disarray on Brexit – with present or previous Shadow Cabinet members embracing everything from a true Brexit to cancelling Brexit – that electors would not take them seriously. But Labour are not the Government and it is a truism that governments are more often evicted because of what they are doing or not doing than because an opposing Party has more attractive policies or more impressive personnel.
What should the UK do? The only sane thing to do is to acknowledge what is obvious, namely, that the leading politicians and bureaucrats of EU have absolutely no intention of behaving reasonably and that Theresa May is either incapable of withstanding the EU’s unreasonable demands or is secretly colluding with the EU to sabotage Brexit. Having done that, the way out is obvious, simply announce that the UK is walking away.
Can the UK do that legally under international law? Indeed they can for no treaty is unbreakable if one or more of the signatories to a treaty is seen to be failing to meet their obligations under the treaty. These obligations include acting in good faith when Article 50 is invoked. No such good faith on the EU side has been forthcoming. Instead the EU representatives have not only made unreasonable demands such as those over the jurisdiction of the ECJ in UK affairs after Brexit, and claims for huge amounts of money (some as high as 100 billion Euros), they have also regularly been humiliating May until they thought they had disciplined her to their way of thinking and then made a public show of applauding her after that was accomplished.
Remainers rail against their description as traitors and Quislings. Those remainers who have sincerely accepted the result and have ceased to attempt to prevent Brexit certainly do not deserve such names, but what else can those remainers who will never accept Brexit and do everything they can to overturn the referendum result by stealth or frontal assault be reasonably called? They do everything they can to thwart Brexit by a mixture of interminable delay, calls for second referendums and wilfully perverse interpretations of the word leave such as claims that the UK could remain in the Single Market and the Customs Union and still achieve Brexit. That is a clear denial of democracy and what greater treason in a democracy is there than overthrowing a democratic vote? And when the overthrowing is done with the purpose of ensuring their country remains in the political grip of a supranational power, is that not the act of a Quisling?
There is a question remainers should ponder long and hard. It is this, if they manage to sabotage Brexit either by emasculating the process so that it is Brexit only in name or by simply reversing the result of the referendum, perhaps by standing on a general election platform that one or more parties would annul the Article 50 activation, or by calling another referendum when the electorate are exhausted by the process of leaving (the favourite EU ploy to overthrow referenda which have the “wrong” result), where does that leave the democracy?
If the results of referenda, the purest form of democracy, are to be ignored or manipulated out of all recognition, what peaceful method of resolving political disputes is there where the politicians of any party with a reasonable chance of forming a government are largely of one opinion and a majority of the electorate are of another?