The UK has not negotiated an international trade deal in decades – we simply lack the capacity to negotiate bespoke deals. It’s folly to even try
The civil service prides itself on being able to deliver the crazy and impossible, if ministers so ordain. It even managed to introduce a poll tax for Margaret Thatcher, and to somehow keep it going for three years in the face of riots. But it’s increasingly clear that Brexit may be an impossibility too far, even for Whitehall’s brightest and best.
By Brexit, I mean the hard Brexit policy of leaving the core economic institutions …read more