Journalists are generally given to sardonic humour – it gets us through the day – but even for us, “Get Brexit Done” is beginning to wear.

If only it were true. If only all the Irish backstop explainers we have to periodically knock out, the analyses of Franco-British relations, the opinion articles on hard vs soft – if only Groundhog Day ended on 31 January 2020.

But it won’t, because Brexit 2: The Trade Deals is just getting started.

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