Billions, I'd have thought, given the additional paperwork, port security and checks, transport delays etc. Probably. Well, technically we haven't yet left and so wouldn't need to re-join... we'd just cancel our wish to leave and would remain as we were. Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image! Further, 48.1% of the country voted to remain, and 51.9% voted for some form of exit. If you asked the country whether they would rather stay in the EU or go through a hard Brexit, I'm pretty sure the majority would choose to remain. Because they think the current path (no-deal) will cost the country far more in the short, medium, and long-term, than trying to salvage a softer exit. When don't the opposition want the government to implode? Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image! The Tories revelled in the near-implosion of the Labour party during the period Corbyn came to power. Alas it backfired when Theresa May tried to take advantage and called a general election. Lost her her reasonable majority. Legislation has been (or imminently will be) passed forcing the PM to ask for an extension. I can only imagine that the EU will grant it as they know there will then be a general election, resulting in either a change of government/approach that might lead to the UK remaining (2nd referendum etc) - which is the EU's preferred outcome - or the Tories staying in power and the near-certainty at that stage of a hard-brexit. Only if the election is after we have exited. Of course, if the EU reject the request for an extension... it's a hard-Brexit for sure. At the moment the Tory majority is negative 40 or so. I.e. they are currently a minority government. They remain the biggest party, and seem to be ahead in the polls, but it is no certainty that they will achieve a majority in a general election. It is quite possible that the Brexit party will take some of their votes and allow either Lib Dems or Labour to steal their seats. That could well result in a Labour/Lib-dem coalition, both of which will have campaigned to remain in the EU, and thus a 2nd referendum would be the likely outcome. That said, if the 2nd referendum ends up with LEAVE as the result... back to square one, although hopefully such a referendum will also ask about the nature of any deal people want. Brexit party take a share of Conservative votes (quite possible unless a deal is reached, which is also quite possible given the direction Johnson has taken the Conservatives in) it is quite possible that Labour or Lib-dems will take many more seats. More moderate floating voters would also head to the Lib Dems, so I can see them increasing their number of seats... at the expense of the Tories. We'll see. She doesn't get involved unless asked by the PM. She is a figurehead only. Her role is one of ceremony and tradition, not proactivity. She will be asked to dissolve parliament for the run-up to any general election. She can't disband the political parties. This isn't Russia. Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image!