Brexit has happened. This is not a thread about the merits of the concept of Britain leaving the EU. However, there were many possible ways for Britain to leave the EU; this thread is about the particular approach to Brexit that this government has taken.
As of today, that approach seems to be:
Negotiate Withdrawal Agreement you say is great for Britain;
Sign said Withdrawal Agreement, while talking about how great it is for Britain
Ignore the people who say that the Withdrawal Agreement’s protocols on Northern Ireland raise difficult to resolve issues that will come back to bite us later.
Fight and win an election on the slogan “Get Brexit Done” with the promise that if your party gets a majority they will ratify this splendid Withdrawal Agreement which is great for Britain and proceed to build a trade deal with the EU which will also be great for Britain.
Keep ignoring those concerns about the Northern Ireland protocol.
Win said election with a healthy majority, each MP of which explicitly endorsed the Withdrawal Agreement as being great for Britain.
Ratify the WA in the minimum of time, insisting parliament doesn’t need to scrutinise it because it’s been thoroughly studied, digested, processed and understood.
Fail to negotiate a trade deal in part because of sticking points created by the Withdrawal Agreement.
Announce that this Withdrawal Agreement is a dastardly work of the EU which is terrible for Britain.
Prepare legislation which some say if enacted would break the WA and thus international law and also give other countries good reason to doubt the UK will ever keep it’s word.
Confirm that, yes, you are planning to break international law.
Re-iterate that the reason you are planning to break international law is because the Withdrawal Agreement you spent months trumpeting as a great deal for Britain is in fact bad for Britain and that it seems the protocol on Northern Ireland raises difficult to resolve issues that have come out of nowhere to bite us.
It’s not clear where we go from here. There’s good reason to believe the Lords won’t pass the UK Internal Markets bill. The EU has not walked away from the negotiations despite the clear provocation to do so. But given we only have to end of December to get a trade deal, the prospects for no-deal are looking stronger than I think anyone had hoped they would by this stage.