You know the story of the Gordian knot. In 333 B.C. the Macedonian conqueror marched his army into the Phrygian capital of Gordium in modern day Turkey. Upon arriving in the city, he encountered an ancient wagon, its yoke tied with what one Roman historian later described as several knots all so tightly entangled that it was impossible to see how they were fastened. According to the ancient chronicler Arrian, the impetuous Alexander was instantly seized with an ardent desire to untie the Gordian knot. After wrestling with it for a time and finding no success, he stepped back from the mass of gnarled ropes and proclaimed, It makes no difference how they are loosed. He then drew his sword and sliced the knot in half with a single stroke.
And you know the story of the Brexit chaos. In 2016 the Tories were divided on the question of whether it would be better to stay in the EU or leave. Cameron thought it was a smart idea to hold a referendum and ask the people Remain or Leave. 52% voted for Leave. But there was a flaw with this referendum. Remain was very clear, but what did mean Leave? Some thought it meant: „stay in the single market with the current rules of free movement“, some thought „stay in the single market with some limits of free movement“, some thought „leave the EU Single Market and end rules of free movement“ and others just didn`t know.
It seemed to complicated to answer this question to David Cameron and he resigned. His successor was Theresa May. Did she try to answer this answer? No! At first she was holding general elections in the assumption after that she would be strengthened for Brexit negotiations. The opposite occurred. She was weakened and felt from thereon in the hand of hard Brexiteers. That was the reason the drew one red line after the other, knowing that this would make the negotiation results more and more complicated. Deals like Norway or Switzerland have with EU became impossible.
This way she negotiated a withdrawal agreement two years and nine months after the referendum that nobody liked, neither hard Brexiteers, nor soft Brexiteers and certainly not Remainers. This agreement failed three times in the House of Commons, even then when Mrs. May offered her own resignation as a bonus for its approval. Now time is running out and the situation is especially complicated because of the fact, elections of EU parliament will be in 12 weeks. So what to do now?
First option is, crash out of EU with a no deal. The economic economic consequences would be disastrous and as well the majority of the people as a broad majority of the House of Commons don`t want this. What now? General elections? Perhaps no bad idea, but would any problems be solved? First the most likely result would be a hung parliament again and second even if not, there`s no probability that a new government could negotiate a withdrawal agreement that will find a clear majority in the HoC. And you can have plenty of indicative votes without getting smarter. It really seems like a Gordian knot.
MPs can turn and turn again, countless indicative votes can be made, the problem will not be solved. They have to admit that government and parliament are unable to deliver an acceptable Brexit deal. The question must be returned to the people:
Do you want a no deal Brexit or Remain?