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.
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?
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.
In the saga of Britain’s stuttering negotiations over Brexit, one senses that we are coming to another crunch point.