In reaching out to Remainers, Boris Johnson has offered a gnarled and leafless olive branch. And, unsurprisingly, he has certainly not reached out to the ‘left behind’. We shall see whether another five ministerial speeches can do any better.
It is time to put the record straight for the British public and reject the false message that the EU provides the open door to unbridled free movement or that it prevents the UK from deciding its own migration policy and system.
In what conceivable way can this course of action be judged to be in the interests of the country as a whole, let alone in the interests of Wales, and especially its poorer parts?
When we look back in a year or more on the course of the Brexit drama will this last week be seen as the one when the tectonic plates began to move?
Can anything speak louder about the current puerile state of British government thinking than the trumpeted news of its intention, in a fit of induced pre-Brexit nostalgia, to issue new dark blue passports rather than the current burgundy-coloured document that has been issued to us all for the past 30 years?
The agreement on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU is cause for relief not celebration; the benefits set against the cost of leaving will be very small indeed.