Too many MPs and civil servants have fought to prevent the UK doing things differently, seeking to keep us tied to the EU whatever the costs.
Our columnist provides the third piece in our series this week about Brexit – almost a year since the end of transition.
His archivist writes that this agreement has succeeded…in recovering powers which some thought had been lost permanently”.
Here’s how can now use our freedoms as we leave – assuming there is no last-minute wish to be sensible by the EU and agree a free trade deal.
As a former Chief Secretary to the Treasury, I am uneasy about the bail-out of Flybe. Every time a private business is bailed out by the taxpayer, the pressure grows.
There may be greater willingness by Brussels to negotiate following populist successes in the European elections.
I see the former WTO director and Delors chef de Cabinet return to the unresolved debate about high or low alignment.
Not only are Leavers and Remainers drifting further apart, but the various Remain factions are now engaged in a furious blame game.
The Grantham and Stamford MP leaves the Conservative benches, to a cry of “Nick, don’t go” from one of his colleagues.
Otherwise known as Norway Plus, those backing the move included Bim Afolami, James Cartlidge and George Eustice.
That’s variously for a customs union; for a custom arrangement plus the Single Market; for a second referendum, and for staying in the EU.
Those who voted in favour included Boles, Collins and Morgan. Those against, Atkins, Buckland and Green.
Our party owns this crisis. If we honour the referendum we can shape the next decade. If we don’t then chaos – and Corbyn – await.
That’s to say, those of 1950, 1961, 1967 and 1971. Sovereignty was always the key concern, despite arguments over its meaning.