I know that government needs a cross-Whitehall programme that actively engages with the myriad of departments and agencies.
At the least, we can expect reduced growth worldwide – and a more expansionary Budget next month.
To make the most of the policy’s potential, Government must pair it with a raft of other reforms.
Ramping up the UK’s preparations for a No Deal Brexit can also deliver longer-term benefits, boosting the nation’s exports and trade.
Some MPs, such as Charlie Elphicke, have been pushing to bring it back not just to bring joy to passengers, but to help revitalise ports and other seaside towns.
This is what we have been doing at the Dover front line – working hard on preparations for disruption. We are making sure that we stand ready.
But more money and powers need to be given directly to the North to drive further progress.
In a balanced economy, the north would produce around £70 billion more. Here is one way to help close that gap.
If only Brussels could conduct itself more like the management of Rotterdam, who are ignoring talk of ‘Armageddon’ and getting on with planning for the future.
The large ports that handle container mega carriers – bringing products like the device you’re reading this article on – can be as much as 95 per cent non-EU.
The Chancellor needs to help deliver the sense of direction so strikingly absent in Manchester last month, and indeed since last June’s election.
Councils should do more to promote marine tourism. Partnership deals could also improve the environment and public health.
The truth is that any money committed now will return multiples of cost in a reduced price for an agreement with the EU.
Decades of under-investment in transport are being corrected – but we need an ambitious strategy for what comes next.
The Prime Minister is right to be optimistic about our future relationship with the EU, but we must be ready for every eventuality.