Subtle as a Brick. The Brexit debate that was promised the day after referendum never happened. Certainly we had one side(brexit) talking about its strong affection for the nation as a sovereign entity and its feelings. The other side far too quickly adopted satire and mockery, which has never worked well when it impinges on issues of identity.Overplayed their hand. Started off by Kicking May and Robbins around the room to show they were a 600 pound gorilla compared to the 8 stone weakling that was the UK and then generated a string of bad press stories about how the EU was dictating the terms of the WA to the UK.
Had they been more subtle, they could have sneaked a less overt document through a Remain supporting parliament that would have hamstrung the UK's trade for the indefinite future and left us an EU vassal with little option but to rejoin. Having let the Tories put the poison pill through Westminster, Magic Grandpa would only have to have waited a year for the enormity of the May/Robbins f--- up to become clear and he would have been in pole position to win the resulting GE, with large swathes of the Tory vote deserting to the Brexit Party.
Thank God the EU's political pygmies had even less intellectual capacity than ours.
The EU throughout never understood, because it like the remainers hold the view that the member states are merely 'trans bodies' moving towards some nirvana of provincial joy, within the glories of a new jerusalem.