UK may choose not to disembowel itself with a rusty hacksaw after all
There will be no Brexit. From time to time I have alluded to that prediction which I made shortly after the 2016 referendum. And I mention it again in passing, only because in relation to Ireland at least, it has now effectively come to pass that there will be no Brexit - it has been agreed by all parties that everything will be more or less the same as it was before anyone ever heard of Brexit, which means that no matter what they call this "full alignment with those rules of the internal market and the customs union" and so forth, I think it is fair to say that in Ireland, there will be no Brexit.
Interestingly, within moments of the initial announcement that Northern Ireland was to be given this unique dispensation, all across the United Kingdom they were putting in their own special requests - "we'll have a piece of that too, mate", was the cry.
Since the middle of 2016 we have been hearing the most distinguished commentators talking about the myriad permutations of Brexit, but for a long time there was no mention of even the possibility that one of these permutations, might be the No Brexit Brexit envisioned in these pages.