Here we are then. Article 50 has been invoked, and the 2 year countdown to Brexit begins:
Michael Heseltine, the Conservative former cabinet minister, told the Guardian the move represented the “worst peacetime decision taken by any modern postwar government”, with the power now all in the hands of European leaders.
“Our friends and allies in Europe will now tell us what conditions we must accept to trade in our largest market,” he said. “This is the moment when the empty phrases and undeliverable promises of the Brexiters will be replaced by the hard reality. They will decide. We will be told. It is what every Conservative prime minister I have worked for was determined to avoid.”
European leaders of course have a strong motivation to make Brexit costly for England, pour décourager les autres. I say England because Scotland might stay in the EU, and who knows what will happen to the rest of the “United Kingdom”.
Other required reading:
Article 50: Theresa May to call on UK to unite after letter triggers Brexit
Eight key points you need to know about the Brexit negotiations
Article 50: What does its triggering mean?
Reality Check: Can the UK change its mind on Article 50?
May wants security, free trade, liberal values: just what we’re throwing away
Brexit: May accused of trying to ‘blackmail’ EU with security threat – Politics live
In my opinion this will go very badly for England. It is an illustration of the way in which unaccountable lies told in campaigning can twist the democratic process to damaging outcomes. As is the case with the election of Trump, it is those who have been deceived who are going to be hardest hit.