I believe that there will be a growing clamour for any deal to be put by referendum to the British people before the final decision is taken.
I can say, with hand on humble heart, that I have never seen, or even heard of, a document so unconstructively negative as the Guidelines.
There is a case for the EU guaranteeting internal as well as external frontiers – which would make Scottish independence impossible were the UK to remain an EU member.
Some people believe that it doesn’t matter if we stay in the EU de facto during such a time. This is not the view of ConHome’s respondents.
There was a genuine sense of grievance that policy suggestions and campaigning ideas are never listened to.
“It takes two to tangle – and you’ve got to be prepared for all eventualities. This planning goes on, and it’s right that it does.”
I have long been struck by the incredible stresses placed upon them by a system that is meticulous in its oppression across so many of the European institutions.
Mercifully, there remain a few Thatcherites, even in the Cabinet, who believe in the power of liberty, responsibility, commerce and voluntary action.
Already, the EU is demanding discussion of certain trade matters which, according to its repeated statements, should not be brought up until the next phase of talks.
The key question is not whether we can diverge, but whether we can do so without asking the EU first and obtaining their prior agreement.
His sedulously-crafted speech wasn’t so much a crowd-pleaser as a big argument about Britain, Brexit – and the future.
But could Germany, in the wake of its election result, now become the prime bulwark against Macron’s and Juncker’s ambitions?
The arrogant behaviour of the EU so far, bordering on the deliberately offensive, is a bluff that we need to call.
The difference between us and the Labour is that we deal with the world and reality as it is – not as some utopia we would like it to be.
Here’s the irony: if we bite our tongues and say nothing, and if Brexit is lost, we lose the next election anyway.