In moves that confirm the UK may not end up doing a deal with the European Union at all, Brexit Minister David Davis has told colleagues to prepare for the scenario that would see Brexit Britain revert to World Trade Organisation rules on the global stage.
The prospect of the nationalistic EU cutting off its nose to spite its face is real. Whilst some heads of European governments clearly do understand the sensible rationale behind a mutually beneficial deal, many EU nationalists will be seeking to mess the UK around for a propaganda victory.
We’ve already had the ludicrous demand that the UK will have to pay a divorce settlement totalling 60 billion Euros for instance.
What we do know is the British public will want to see the government stand strong and waste no time. No deal is better than a bad deal. Time to get on with becoming an independent nation.