Fortunately, there are plenty of half-completed measures ministers could see through in time for the next election, from recognising product standards to locking in new trade deals.
The continent’s economic woes are confined to the business pages, whilst the scandalous conduct of the European Parliament is simply unreported.
Any significant agreement with the EU would require continuous alignment between Westminster and Brussels in terms of regulation. Will we end up, to coin a phrase, shadowing the Customs Union?
As John le Carré said, falling in love while still at school with poets who write in a foreign language can be quite wonderful.
Far from being a climbdown, the Government’s announcement about the CE mark could be the springboard for a unilateral-recognition revolution.
Too many governments which extol the virtues of democracy in principle seem all too willing to abandon such lofty principles when it suits their base, commercial purposes.
AfD doesn’t need to win the next election to trigger a meltdown – just keep its national support rising toward the 25 per cent mark, where the mathematics of building stable coalition governments stops working.
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.
Or does Brussels propose to put up with Orban’s provocations and allow him to assume next year the presidency of the EU?
The longer this process takes, the more it will hang over the general election. Far better to enact reforms this year than let this issue drag on.
The former Liberal Democrat leader tells Camilla Tominey that re-joining the EU is an unrealistic proposition and that the UK should instead focus on building new relationships with the bloc.
By stripping back the planned repeal of EU laws, she hopes to get the Bill royal assent as soon as possible, rather than see it bogged down in the House of Lords.
Around three quarters of all transatlantic cables in the northern hemisphere pass through or near its waters – yet Dublin spends just 0.2 per cent of GDP on defence.
Unfortunately for the Prime Minister, he looks set to be left banging the drum for free trade just as the rest of the world is changing its tune.
The Northern Ireland Secretary says the change to applying EU law is not just a delaying mechanism. But adds that he expects Assembly members “would not use the power trivially.”