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Plus: Osborne’s regrets, vintage Heseltine – and, after Germany, to Brighton, for what is claimed to be the biggest conference Labour has ever held.
Will the UK get a deal? Much depends on whether other European governments or the EU Commission take charge on the other side of the table.
Meanwhile, shock, anger, sorrow and denial over the democratic decision of the British people to leave the EU has been replaced by a more business-like approach.
The EPP Christian Democrat group now believes that the Union can reconnect to people by giving richer middle class kids free summer holidays backpacking around the Dordogne.
Each one of us will have a vote on any deal – and 73 MEPs may well be crucial to passing it.