The two biggest factors conspiring in favour of a no-deal Brexit are the poor choice of arguments by those who want to stop it, and the somewhat naive belief that a no-deal Brexit can be stopped by the sheer force of a parliamentary amendment. The main arguments against a no-deal Brexit today seem to be similar to those mounted during the failed 2016 referendum campaign: think of images of lorries tailing back all the way into your backyard, empty shelves and tumble weed blowing through deserted cities. Be very afraid, is the message. I agree that a no-deal Brexit is a bad idea. It could end as a human tragedy for many people. There will have to be a hard border in Ireland immediately. Many people will lose their jobs as a direct or indirect consequence. It could be the end for many small businesses that trade with the EU. Surely, it must be right to give people enough transition time to get their affairs in order? The legal status of 5-million British and EU citizens would all of a...

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