It’s showing political nous.
You are the opposition party, and the party in power has unleashed a total clusterfuck, a toxic waste dump of a change to how the country is both governed and seen on the world stage. But, they’ve been in power long enough for them to totally own whatever shambles this slides into, and they are ineffective and divided.
The toxicity extends not only through society, where strongly held opinions have divided friends and family, but to political parties, where differing opinions destroy unity. Meanwhile times change, and a majority of the country now no longer wants this change, as they realise not only will it be disastrous, but they were either conned into voting for it, or voted for it out of a misplaced sense of disenfranchisement.
The party in power has form for blaming your party retrospectively for the country’s financial ills, particularly 2008, even though it was largely their party’s backers and donors who were responsible, and as the same backers and donors control the conventional media, this view, despite being at odds with facts, largely holds sway. You decide the smart option is to wait it out, minimise exposure to the toxicity, and let the party in power have it’s way. After all, in a decade you don’t want some post truth toss sticking to you about this.
You do have a minimal influence, as in getting a two year extension to the negotiating process, but you’re careful to keep this very much at arms length. Your leader, who has massively increased membership and the party’s polling during his tenure seems to be making smart and effective decisions, and one of the smartest is to be seen to be putting minimal input into this – policy, debate, opinion as low as possible. It is guaranteed to be divisive and toxic by association, so minimise engagement and watch it fuck the tories.
The ideal scenario would, of course be for the tories to implode, new referendum and in like Flynn. And I maintain this is now more likely than the tories pulling brexit off.
Pulling themselves off, yes, but not brexit.