WITH only 44 days left until an Article 50 extension is forced by parliament, the EU, Theresa May or all three, the public cannot stop watching the countdown.
As the prospect of a no-deal Brexit being cancelled at the last minute looms ever closer, Britons have admitted it is impossible to look away.
Stephen Malley of Reading said: “Yeah, that thing absolutely everyone in Parliament has ruled out apart from Jacob Rees-Mogg and his Regency Swells? Apparently we’re counting down to that not happening.
“Obviously Theresa May says there won’t be an extension, meaning there will be, and Jeremy Corbyn has said bugger all, meaning he’ll limply go along with whatever might lead to an election.
“Businesses are reluctant to invest, and yeah if I had several million quid on the line I’d probably hang on, but for us in the public it’s basically a game of chicken between two compulsive swervers.
“Will it happen at 30 days? Or 15 days? Or five days? The tension is boring me.”
The government has announced plans to put the countdown in the corner of every TV programme in big red letters, where it will be ignored.