Johnson will be left in a situation where he has to accept the result of the election or say out loud words to the effect of: “Look, you chaps, when I said the will of the British people had to be respected, I didn’t mean the Jocks. I meant proper Brits, old chap, Englishmen through and though, Hearts of Oak and all that stuff, what what.
I know everyone is fed up waiting, but there just isn’t another way and here’s the explanation. The truth is that, in this case, unlike the European one, the Brits really do hold rather a lot of the cards. Not all, of course, because unless Cumming and Gove find a way of interfering with the Scottish elections next year, we have that very important card which they won’t.
It’s called the Democracy Card, and it beats the Three of Diamonds, the Death Card and Mrs Bun the Baker’s Wife, hands down, because people respect it.