Adam’s post below has more detail on this whole Brexit clusterfuck, but since he posted it, Boris Johnson has lost what appears to be a major vote – 21 Tories voted with the opposition to allow debate on a bill which would disallow a no-deal Brexit. Boris’ other move – a snap election – appears to be blocked unless and until that no-deal bill passes, since Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn says his side won’t vote for the election, which requires a 2/3 majority.
In other words, Boris is in a box. I watched an hour or so of his presentation and questions today, and he seems not-so-clever. He artlessly ducked questions about the kinds of negotiations his government is undertaking with the EU (truthful answer: none). From my limited knowledge of British politics, Corbyn is in a weak position because there are Labour MPs who are pro-Brexit, and because Corbyn himself isn’t really that hot on the EU. (His position seems similar to Pelosi’s on impeachment – not too keen on it, even if his rank-and-file were.) Also, for whatever reason, some who should be his natural ally hate Corbyn’s guts.
But Boris has been so obvious about his desire for a no-deal Brexit catastrophe that Corbyn has been able to put together a coalition opposing “no deal”, the one thing that they can all agree upon. So instead of a horrible no deal Brexit, the UK is just going to suffer and slowly bleed while parliament votes itself more time to faff around.