Brexit to Topple the British Government?

It has been two years since the fateful Referendum of 2016, yet Brexit remains as divisive as ever. May, already damaged by a disastrous General Election in 2017, struggles to hold together a cabinet divided between “hard” and “soft” Brexit. Ministerial infighting has led to incoherent policies that have weakened both the UK’s negotiating position and its international credibility. The recent departures, especially that of Johnson – who commands a large following among the Tory faithful – have only worsened political instability, leading to rumours of a leadership challenge within the Conservative Party. Meanwhile, time for negotiation is fast running out: the 29 March 2019 Brexit deadline is less than a year away.  While the announced deadline is March, the practical end date is even sooner, as the EU side needs time to approve the final deal. While a “soft Brexit” may not be ideal, a “no-deal Brexit” would be catastrophic. British agricultural and automobile exports could face EU tariffs of up to 40% and 10% respectively. Trade in services would also be adversely affected by a loss of passporting rights, which allow British businesses to sell services Europe-wide without having to obtain a license from individual members. Significant trade disruption would be also ensue as the UK replaces the EU Customs Union and various European regulatory agencies with local equivalents.