“No deal is better than a bad deal”, discuss.

Just chucking this out there for future kids writing essays on the psychotic mess that is Brexit. Well, future kids, at least you only have to write about it, rather than live through it. (Although, there’s a strong chance that my unborn grandchildren will still be trying to untangle the mess).

So, back to the title. Essentially, to do a “deal” is to change a situation, whereas to not do a deal is to keep things as they are. In these instances it is very likely true that maintaining the status quo will be better than committing to something that will not be beneficial. You might want to join a gym but if the terms and conditions include the right to take pictures of you as a sweaty mess and post them to social media without your consent, you’d quite likely turn them down and stay fat and unhealthy. Or at least look for a better deal elsewhere.

The problem with a “No Deal Brexit” is that, having already joined, the status quo now is to remain, not to flounce out and alienate our main trading partners and throw the country into turmoil.

Imagine, if you will, the UK as a gentleman who likes to frequent a particular shop. Mr Brit purchases many items from this shop and decides that he’d like to join their business as an equal partner. They all agree on a smart new corporate outfit to wear and undergo major work on the shop with plans for a few extensions and an R&D room. But a few years on Mr Brit decides to leave the firm. A severance package is thrashed out but at the last minute Mr Brit says that it’s not good enough. In this instance he refuses to pay his share of the things he’d agreed to buy. The other partners remind him that in that case he will also have to give back his corporate clothing – and so he looks around for what he was wearing before he joined. Unfortunately, those moth-bitten old clothes were thrown away years ago.

The upshot is that, instead of maintaining a status quo, this No Deal scenario sees the UK locked out, standing on a public street stark naked with nowhere to go – apart from the tangerine-coloured driver of a garish Cadillac that has been slowly kerb-crawling around the area and which is taking an unhealthy interest in the UK’s most precious bits…

So, for “no deal” to be better than a “bad deal” in terms of Brexit, the true definition of no deal is the status quo of “no Brexit”. If Brexiters really want to leave they have to come up with a deal that is better than the status quo – and that’s a tough ask because as, has been pointed out many times: “What is deliverable is undesirable and what is desirable is undeliverable“.

10 thoughts on ““No deal is better than a bad deal”, discuss.

    1. 🤣 Not a job I would want, Peter! Although I think almost anyone could do a better job than Boris The Liar, the fact is that Cameron’s stupid referendum has driven this country onto the rocks and there’s no easy way to safety and normality.

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      1. I think both are equally bad. I make no secret of having voted remain but I’m equally annoyed that everything else has been ignored since the result of the referendum. People are suffering under austerity measures, the NHS is being systematically destroyed, and wages are stagnating but all anyone political wants to talk about is Brexit. Well, other than the Labour party but their ideas are so radical (I mean they’re actually talking about helping people for goodness sake) that the establishment is having to use everything it has to stop them.

        The country is divided and social media has been weaponised to keep it that way.

        It’s just one disaster after another.

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      2. I’d love to go back to the happy days of the 2012 Olympics when all we had to worry about was the fall-out from the 2008 banking crisis and some vague guff about austerity. If Brexit goes through (especially a No Deal crash-out) we’re looking at decades of recession and no money for anything. It’ll make the current period of uncertainty look like a picnic. 😦


  1. Having lived for many years in Germany, and being a staunch Europhile, despite my age, and the fact that the media would like to have me as a Brexiteer, I voted to REMAIN. I have also lived in Northern Ireland. They have their difficulties, and if the bigoted individuals living in the dark ages have their way, they always will have their difficulties. BUT, they have benefitted tremendously from being in the EU, and would continue to do so, if we REMAIN. We do not want our country back, we never lost it. However, we will lose it if we leave the EU. We need Europe. We need immigration. We need the support and help of like minded people from all over the world. Thank goodness I do not have grandchildren, and never will.

    What an awful thing to have to say, and to firmly believe.


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    1. You’re a true gent, Peter. I worked for 12 years with EU information & legislation so know just how much bollocks is spouted about the EU. If we do ever leave, the one consolation I have is that we’ll immediately begin campaigning to rejoin. A few years of severe hardship and recession will help make more people wake up to the fact that they’ve been conned.

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  2. Ugh. Politics. You’re leaving out the parts where the business partners didn’t thoroughly uphold their end, but I wholly agree with your conclusion.

    Big business and big politics are always more complicated than necessary, and make a right mess of things.

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    1. Not sure what you mean about the other business partners not upholding their end, but yes, there are some nasty vested interests pushing for Brexit & they don’t care that everyone else will be worse off. Citizens need more protection from lobbyists and media outlets that don’t challenge lies (or worse, propagate them) 😦

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