This country has done very little to move forward and separate itself from the regulatory grasp of Brussels.
The UK itself would not dream of changing its formal negotiating objectives at such a crucial point in the talks. Why would the EU?
He risks appearing either to endorse whatever EU demands ended up making Johnson walk away, or being left with no good reason to oppose his doing so.
All eyes will be on Emmanuel Macron this week, since France has been most prepared to play hardball.
This renaissance could place the UK at the vanguard of the most industries and technologies over the coming decades.
At the start of the summer there were reasons for optimism about an agreement. However, the mood appears to have turned.
It seems to gaze upon the SNP’s seemingly unstoppable rise and conclude that Sturgeon’s party is doing something right.
While working on its Brexit deal, it is simultaneously cultivating trade relationships with Japan, the US, Australia and New Zealand.
Even putting aside the EU dimension, there are very good arguments for having one in place.