And most EU member states haven’t spent nearly enough time really thinking what the future relationship between the UK and EU should look like, either.
The former Chancellor turns Duncan Smith’s point around to argue that inventing and implementing a new solution to the Irish border won’t work.
The architect of Universal Credit is deeply sceptical that the Government could design and implement a completely new system in time.
The ‘bins and council tax’ message which resonated in the local elections needs to be turned into a ‘public services, security and cost of living’ message nationally.
There are two options under consideration. One in particular, the partnership model, is unworkable and unacceptable. It should be put out of its misery.
It would leave EU judges in authority, obstruct new trading opportunities, and compel us to continue as a major financial contributor to Brussels. It is a futile distraction.
These steps will improve the efficiency and competitiveness of the UK’s international trade, whatever the outcome of the Article 50 negotiations.
Those continuing the Remain campaign represent a minority. The Prime Minister understands that the people have spoken, and that now there is no turning back.
The first in a three-part ConHome mini-series on the Tory revival in the area since the Mayoral election of last May.
But a vote on some form of customs union is coming. Might it become a confidence issue?
It would make no sense to spurn taking control of our trade policy and leave it with the EU – in which we will no longer have a say.
The Tees Valley mayor says his area was “left behind in the Blair and Brown years”, and this is a chance to rebalance the economy.
If making a final decision seemed too risky for the Prime Minister, her deliberate indecision has now proved even more dangerous.
Too often it seems as though our perimeters are seen as a problem to be patched-up rather than an asset to be fully modernised.
For political reasons some ignore practical solutions and pretend the current EU arrangements are perfect. Such obstructionism helps no-one.