Re: Why Brexit to begin with?
"Given all the problems it's causing, why is Britain even still considering this?"
Because it isnt brexit that is causing the problems. The UK was dragged into the EU without a say and the voters have been insisting on having a say (even if the result is remain at least its then our choice). Unfortunately we have had a government who sold us off to the EU because the PM (Blair) wanted a high up position in the EU. Imagine being sold off by your government, why would you tolerate it?
So we finally get a say and we voted to leave. So the UK doesnt want to be in the EU but the ruling few insisted we must, and have so far managed to drag out leaving even though the uncertainty is a problem (not the actual leaving). The leaving isnt causing this damage its the uncertainty, which is caused by the few doing their best to stop the democratic result. Why would we consider abandoning democracy just because the few rulers dont want brexit?
"Why not have another referendum, since it was discovered that so much Russian money was behind the PR preceding the first one?"
Every time we have a vote it is somehow not valid for some poor reason. The Russian angle is amusing and rubbish but without any real excuses that is what we get. The population was directly threatened by the gov to vote remain, is that not a problem? We have a general election where brexit is again the supported option. We have an MEP election we shouldnt have been in the EU for, and again voted for brexit. How many votes do we need and we all know there will be no more votes once we have the 'right' answer. Why would we put up with that?
"Why are the British letting ASBO Bo dine out on this one, instead of just dropping the idea?"
Because unfortunately we had spineless Cameron who ran with his tail between his legs, May who tried to trap us in the EU and while starting with a little promise she quickly stopped brexit until she couldnt hold on any longer. So now we have someone who just wants votes. Hopefully he will get us out. But at no point has the problem been from someone trying to leave the EU.
"Come to think of it, given that we have Trumplestilskin and you have ASBO Bo, has something gone seriously wrong with the governance of what used to be civilized, English-speaking countries?"
The EU continues so yes there is a problem with governance. And since most countries speak english (which pisses off certain EU nationalists) that doesnt shrink the world much. Why would people vote for Trump and brexit? Until their opponents wrap their heads around that then they will be perplexed. Instead they stick to throwing labels and thinking they are superior because they 'baa' as a group.
If you want to be perplexed try the Scottish nationalist who wants to be part of the EU.