Brexit is not poker

Written By: Andrew Rosthorn
Published: December 23, 2016 Last modified: January 17, 2017

Theresa May should stop treating Brexit like a game of poker, says the blogger Jack of Kent.

Brexit is not poker.

The Brexit negotiation is not a game where randomised cards have been dealt, and an advantage lies with those who do not indicate how genuinely strong (or weak) their hand is to other players with random cards.

The EU players around the table know all about what cards we have.

Jack of Kent, the London solicitor David Allan Green, not the mediaeval folk hero from the Welsh Marches, circulated a tweeted metaphor from Thomas Cogley, a consultation and intelligence officer at Medway Council.


That’s Mr Bun a boss card in the children’s game of Happy Families.

Pikachu, a short, chubby rodent in the Pokémon game.

Shadowmage is ‘a warlock who focuses on the destructive powers of dark energies rather than conjuration and demonic pacts’ in World of Warcraft].

Fireball spell is ‘an explosion of flame that detonates with a low roar and deals 1d6 points of fire damage per caster level (maximum 10d6) to every creature within the area. Unattended objects also take this damage. The explosion creates almost no pressure’ in the game of Spells of Magic.

The Fool is a very powerful card in the Tarot pack, ‘usually representing a new beginning – and, consequently, an end to something in your old life’.


Thomas Cogley’s cards could be dangerous firepower in the hands of a prime-minister said to have refused to discuss her plans, even with the Queen of England at Balmoral, but when you’re playing poker with no wild cards, nothing beats a royal flush.