Damage to Anglo-Irish relations could be fixed by rejoining Commonwealth
The Brexit 'slow learners' have landed with something of a bump in the reality lounge. Thankfully Monday's Brussels drama has proven to have been the darkest hour before the dawn in the EU divorce debacle.
And the fact that Nigel Farage is not happy will reassure many.
It is inevitable that an overall deal will now be done between the EU and UK in an end-game that will be every bit as bloody-minded and fraught as anything we have seen to date.