Preview: Britain’s Brexit Crisis

Nick Robinson

The BBC are trailing this as “For the first time, politicians and negotiators on both sides of the channel tell the story of the key events that made Theresa May postpone Brexit and forced her from office.”

Well, with a matter of weeks before we face our fate – good or bad – one would have hoped that this type of ‘public service’ could have been broadcast sooner. 

Far from the ‘sunlit post-Brexit uplands’ talked of before the referendum, key players are now rolling back on expectations. Liam Fox, he of ‘the easiest deal in human history’ fame has revealed that new trade deals will not be ready when we leave and that the relationship with our new preferred partner is a bit more complicated than expected. 

The remain lobby has never respected the result of the referendum and are as much to blame for the log jam as the advocates of no deal. And while politicians sit fixed in a mire of their own making, lobbyists and commercial interests have fought a guerrilla campaign of populism and are increasingly shaping the direction of movement.

Whatever happens on 31 October this year, you can rest easy as Boris Johnson last night promised that come what may there with be clean drinking water and enough milk solids and glucose to make Mars bars. No mention of insulin for diabetes suffers but enough sweet stuff for the rest of us. Hallelujah!

Britain’s Brexit Crisis – Thurday at 9.00pm on BBC One.