1. After her splendid defeat in the first month of the year, where those who said "Nay" outnumbered those who said "Yeah" by two hundred and thirty, Maysis returned to the courts of Pharaoh Juncker to talk again.
2. But there was little on the table, apart from several bottles of the finest wine.
3. However, after many nights' drinking together, Maysis and the Pharaoh came up with a new deal.
4. "It is not right that the children of Bri-tain should each donate half a kilogram of flesh to EUgypt," said Maysis, "and I have persuaded the Pharaoh to change that to one pound of flesh."
"Nor cut thou less nor more, But just a pound of flesh."
5. "Likewise, some of the other clauses in the deal were too strong, and I have persuaded the Pharaoh to change some full stops to colons, some colons to semi-colons, and some semi-colons to commas."
6. "However, the backstop remaineth a backstop, and not a back-colon."
7. So Maysis returned to the House of Common People and took another vote. And this time she was defeated by one hundred and forty-nine.
8. And Maysis rejoiced, saying, "Lo, I need only take three more votes on this matter, and the nay-sayers will have vanished like unto a thief in the night."
9. But Ber-cow, he who was the Squeaker in the House of Common People, said, "Nay, thou must try something else. For it would be a strange breach of precedent to vote again. In the House of Common People, only I am allowed strange breeches."
Ber-cow showeth his strange breeches.
10. And Maysis said, "We have booked a passage across the Red Sea for the twenty-ninth day of the third month. Seventy times seven times have I have said that we shall leave on that date. And so we shall. Or perhaps on another date."
11. And there was a great shout from the people, "We want the end of May!" For Maysis had lost the people's favour.
12. So Maysis returned once more to the courts of Juncker, to be told, "We want the end of May, too. But we may insist on April."
13. Thus the House of Common People prepared itself for yet more votes on how to proceed: they asked for a People's Vote, a Traitors' Vote, a Crooks' vote, a Maniacs' vote, a Liars' vote, a Lunatics' vote, and yet many more, so that all members of the House of Common People would be included.
14. And there arose a mighty petition, which attracted millions to sign it, including famous celebrities such as Brian Cox the actor, Jennifer Saunders the scientist, and Anthony Grayling the comedian.
15. And so popular was it that people from distant North Ko-rea and Af-ghani-stan rushed to sign it.
16. And finally there came a wave of bots to sign the petition, along with the puppets of Sock. Until finally the signatures outnumbered the people of Bri-tain one hundredfold.
Yet more signatures for the petition.
17. And all waited to see whether the House of Common People could agree on anything at all.