The Integrated Review outlined a clear and ambitious strategy, placing trade at the heart of UK foreign policy, including the Indo-Pacific tilt.
That Switzerland and New Zealand each have their own arrangements suggests that a bespoke arrangement ought to be possible.
We can expect greater divergence, whether we like it or not, and should focus on our diplomatic relationships outside the bloc.
And the longer the impasse goes on, the stronger argument becomes that hypothetical risks to the Single Market are overriding political stability.
Faced with the challenge of China’s rise, India is seeking deeper relationships with like-minded democracies.
And if Germany’s Greens are in government after the federal election, they will be inclined to help him.
Due to internal tensions, the Union can lack coherence and focus, often particularly evident in its efforts to implement a collective foreign policy.
Lidington writes that “the UK has the potential to be world-leading in areas such as fintech, life sciences, artificial intelligence and genetic modification”.
One would suspect that the Government’s primary objective will be to stabilise and bed down the new relationship with Brussels.
Future deals will be important but they should be viewed as a means to an end rather than an end in of themselves
The EU’s missteps over the last week have provided an excellent opportunity to seek changes to the Protocol that might provide for a more durable settlement.
The first of a new series of pieces by Policy Exchange for ConservativeHome looking at the various issues that arise from the Brexit trade deal.
What implications are there for the wider trade relationship? On the one hand, it builds goodwill. Equally, it reduces the political cost of No Deal.
Creating temporary arrangements around fishing and other areas may not be ideal, but it is a better option than the prospect of no deal.
From wanting to tackle climate change, to striving for greater security cooperation, the PM and US president share many of the same goals.