It began with this tweet:
"We can" complete A50 in two years, Davis says, but we'll need to be "nimble". He'll have to be the bloody Road Runner.— Ian Dunt (@IanDunt) September 12, 2016
The truth is he's more like Wile E. Coyote: Genius than the Road Runner, who, may I remind you all, always had the last laugh.
The Brexit faction promised us that leaving the EU would be a simple matter of triggering Article 50 and there! Bob's your uncle. Actually, it's more complicated than that. As the reality of Brexit begins to kick in, David Davis is beginning to acquire the same look as Wile E. Coyote does when he's momentarily hovering just before the plummet to the bottom of the cliff. I've drawn a sneaky Tessa May creeping up on him and going "Beep beep!" to send him over the edge; it wouldn't take much.
Brexit Minister Davis told a Lords select committee:
"This is likely to be the most complicated negotiation in modern times, maybe the most complicated negotiation of all time. By comparison, Schleswig-Holstein is an O-Level question."
...because they haven't thought it through
Even though they've had years to imagine a Britain free from the overbearing interference of Brussels, etc., they've done nothing to lay out the groundwork for making it happen. The Referendum caught them on the hop; the complex tissue of legislation and treaties that bind us to Europe has to be carefully unpicked before we can be completely independent. In theory, they had only to grab a thread each and pull. In practice, they're upsetting a careful balance between business, social relationships, and legal obligations and as I've gleefully pointed out, it's coming back to bite them.
"Trust me, it'll all work out."
Mr. Davis appears to have a massive problem with being held to account for the work that he does:
Regarding Parliament's role in the scrutinising the process of leaving the EU, he said: “I can entirely see accountability after the event, that’s very clear.
"In advance, I don’t think it’s possible for parliamentarians to micro-manage the process and wouldn’t give us an optimum outcome for the country,” he said. - 'David Davis says process for leaving the EU will be the most 'complicated negotiation of all time' - by Laura Hughes, Political and Peter Foster for The Telegraph
In other words, he wants us to trust him now, and it'll turn out all right in the end. We're to trust a man who said we could flip the switch by the end of the year and keep all the bits of the EU we actually liked a few weeks ago, but who now advises:
...that "clear negotiating guidelines" would be published after the Prime Minister had triggered the official process of leaving the EU. - 'David Davis says process for leaving the EU will be the most 'complicated negotiation of all time' - by Laura Hughes, Political and Peter Foster for The Telegraph
So, as predicted by yours truly, no negotiations for any treaty can take place until Brexit is complete. In practice, we'll be in limbo waiting for the divorce to come through, after which we will be free to take other partners.
It'll probably fizzle out
David Davis saying, in code, that #Brexit won't happen because he's been put in charge of it. https://t.co/2U5RyO01b2— David Head (@DavidHeadViews) September 12, 2016
As predicted, the complexity of Brexit will most likely result in the right wing press turning against it, with even the cheerleaders admitting it was a bad idea after all.
It's already a joke
David Davis met Irish ministers for talks in Dublin, and told them of Irish heritage. "They assumed I was applying for a passport."— Matthew Holehouse (@mattholehouse) September 12, 2016
Theresa May played a winning hand for the Remain camp by putting the most noisy Brexit proponents in charge of it. Watch the right-wing press back-track — and pretend they were against it all along. You saw it here first.