Are we closing in on something sensible? A short while ago our old friend Mark Wadsworth mused on what was so very wrong with a Customs Union: and the same thought had crossed my mind as soon as it became clear that Liam Fox was well placed in the ranks of the utterly incompetent - a werritable w****r, in fact. The chances of getting favourable trade deals now with any nation that truly counts? Zippo.
Customs Union. Can almost have a ring to it. Like the Hanseatic League; the romance of trade. ECJ jurisdiction on trade issues? So what. There must surely be a Commons majority for that now.**
** yes yes, we understand the bastards in Brussels will squeeze out a few more drops in the process. And that it may be a trick. And that Corbyn will claim it was all his idea. All I'm saying is: (a) with May gone, and Fox too with any luck, perhaps a half-decent negotiating team can be assembled - shouldn't be beyond the wit of man in a city like London. And (b) irrespective of whatever would have been mine or anyone else's first choice, that boat sailed in 2016 with the Hinkley fiasco and there must surely be a Commons majority for that now