Rejecting the Brexit deal will be risky and lead to “division and uncertainty”, Prime Minister Theresa May will say to MPs who oppose her plan.
Mrs May now has to persuade politicians in the UK Parliament to back the deal.
But cabinet ministers admit she faces an uphill struggle, with Labour, the Lib Dems, the SNP, the DUP and many Tory MPs set to vote against it.
The DUP has said it will review their parliamentary pact with the Conservatives, which is effectively keeping Mrs May in power, if the deal is approved by MPs.
And Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said his party would oppose it, calling it “the worst of all worlds”.
It is being to look like a Mexican Standoff between Mrs May’s Deal, No Deal and either a General Election or a Second Referendum.
A Mexican standoff is a confrontation amongst three or more parties in which no strategy exists that allows any party to achieve victory. As a result, all participants need to maintain the strategic tension, which remains unresolved until some outside event makes it possible to resolve it.
The term Mexican standoff was originally used in the context of using firearms and today still commonly implies a situation in which the parties face some form of threat from the other parties. The Mexican standoff is a recurring trope in cinema, in which several armed characters hold each other at gunpoint.
A famous example of the trope is in Sergio Leone’s 1966 Western The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, where the titular characters played by Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach face each other at gunpoint.
Part of the problem of course is we are divided into who we think are the Good, Bad Or Ugly .
A Labour Party spokesman has told Sky News that Jeremy Corbyn would “relish a head-to-head debate with Theresa May about her botched Brexit deal and the future of our country”,
The spokesman was responding to a report in The Daily Telegraph suggesting the prime minister would challenge the Labour leader to a TV debate on Brexit.
The newspaper reported that Mrs May wanted to hold a televised debate with Mr Corbyn during the Sunday evening prime-time slot.
Of course the problem here is that whilst Mrs May supported REMAIN in the referendum but now pursues a Hard Brexit . Jeremy Corbyn’s stance was unclear and he also seems to be in favour of a Hard Brexit.
What people opposed to Brexit may ask about us.
Does the result of the referendum exclude Remainers or those who accept the vote but want free movement and a Customs Union?
Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish first minister, had already thrown her hat in the ring. She tweeted on Saturday:
“I’d be up for a full leaders debate on the ‘deal’.”
I pretty sure the Liberal Democrats . Plaid, Greens and DUP would like to take part and Ukip who are not in the UK parliament may also think they should have a place.
Ms May is due to face the Commons again now that her plan has won EU approval, and is expected to tell parliamentary colleagues:
“Our duty as a parliament over these coming weeks is to examine this deal in detail, to debate it respectfully, to listen to our constituents and decide what is in our national interest.“There is a choice which MPs will have to make. We can back this deal, deliver on the vote of the referendum and move on to building a brighter future of opportunity and prosperity for all our people.“Or this house can choose to reject this deal and go back to square one
Which loks like she favours a General Election rather than a Second Referendum. But the current polls show that this will resolve nothing because even if Mrs May is defeated Corbyn will still push for a Brexit , though God knows which one.
Suspending Brexit for a year and having a second referendum may not resolve the issue entirely and divisions may grow stronger, especially if Leave lose and become very angry.
But the alternative is accepting no deal or a very bad deal, out of sheer exhaustion.