Like America’s trump cards, Britain’s ten Brexit cards should never actually have be played. A confident negotiator who just threatened to play them could milk them for all they’re worth. And they’re worth a lot more than most of Britain’s political class seems to think. Unfortunately, Britain’s politicians have now given the EU a trump card of its own: the promise of no Brexit without a deal. May can cancel that card by canceling Article 50 and playing “two more years.” That’s the Brexit red button. Trump would threaten to push it—and he would get the deal.
Salvatore Babones is the author of The New Authoritarianism: Trump, Populism, and the Tyranny of Experts .