It remains to be seen whether Boris Johnson can persuade a majority of MPs to back his new deal on Saturday, but the mere possibility that he might succeed â€“ and take us out with a deal on October 31 â€“ is driving Remainers round the twist. If you thought Brexit Derangement Syndrome was bad, you ain't seen nothing yet.
A clue as to how the provisional wing of the Europhile Army is likely to react was provided by the historian Simon Schama in a tweet: â€śShould this non-government succeed in forcing our exit from the EU on Halloween let all of us who bitterly mourn ring funeral bells and light bonfires of rage and grief and resolution at 12pm â€“ up and down the nation.â€ť
Actually, if we do leave on October 31st it will be at 11pm, not Midnight, but letâ€™s gloss over that fact. The image of Remainers wandering the streets, ringing bells and carrying burning torches, is reminiscent of a scene from one of Hammerâ€™s Dracula films. Will Simon and his mob of bug-eyed zealots be looking for heretics to burn on these â€śbonfires of rageâ€ť? Brexiteers planning to celebrate with street parties of their own may want to be on their mettle. (To read more, click here.)