I do not know what is a worse mess, the UK’s future tied up in Brexit, or the US Govt. brought to a stand-still by the budget dispute over The Wall! I have a modest proposal. To let cool heads prevail in both cases, let the Governments switch, just for the solution to these two seemingly insoluble problems. Let Pres. Trump and the US Govt. take over the Brexit negotiations, and let PM May and her Govt. take over the negotiations for the Wall.
While the Brexit negotiations primarily concern the UK Govt. and the EU, this is far from being the main problem. The main problem is convincing the House of Commons (HC) to accept May’s Plan to resolve the problem and to satisfy the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland that their border will be a “soft” border, according to the so-called “back-stop” agreement.
With the US border with Mexico, the problem is not Mexico, the problem is getting the Democrats to agree to compromise with Trump and pay towards the Wall (or fence) in order to allow the US Govt. to avoid another shut-down. Maybe with fresh eyes, people on both sides could see a better way ahead. Perhaps the Democrats would find it easier to compromise with May than with Trump, and perhaps the MP’s would find it easier to compromise with Trump rather than with May.
What would happen if this idea was instituted, it could be a model for future intractable problems, let another Government and system come in and resolve the problem their way. But, actually I don’t see it happening, it’s like when couples throw their keys into a bowl, but they always take out their own keys. The devil you know is better than the devil you don’t know. So let Trump not worry about taking a hammering in the Commons, and let May not worry about begging Pelosi to give her a few dollars. They have big enough problems of their own. Still it would be a nice experiment.