The Brexit debacle in the United Kingdom continues apace, with Philip Hammond, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, admitting on Wednesday morning that the UK would be financially worse off under whatever Brexit scenario came to pass, including Theresa May’s draft withdrawal agreement with the European Union. By the afternoon the cross-party Public Account Committee in Westminster was warning of transport bedlam at Britain’s seaports if the country crashed out of the EU. Some time later the Police Federation of Northern Ireland, representing rank-and-file members of the PSNI, the British paramilitary police force in the north-east of Ireland, was urging the Conservative Party government back in London to immediately recruit hundreds of new officers to guard any revived boundary around the disputed Six Counties. Then in the afternoon came the news that the central Bank of England was forecasting a financial collapse for the UK in the event of a chaotic exit from Europe, with the governor Mark Carney predicting a precipitous 8% reduction in the economy. Yet, by all accounts, the House of Commons is still intent on voting against the EU-UK proposals to end the Brexit impasse despite no other deal being possible between Brussels and London. As Longfellow notes, “Whom the gods would destroy they first make mad”.