Not confused by UK's stance? You should be
Lord Palmerston's declaration that "England has no eternal friends, England has no perpetual enemies, England has only eternal and perpetual interests," has hung in the air like a vapour from the vaults since the tentative Brexit deal emerged.
It would be foolish to harbour delusions about eternal bonds or unbreakable connections in international relations, yet mutual agreements have to be worth something. Yesterday once more found the British government tripping over its feet in attempts to give some coherency to its stance on Brexit, Ireland and the EU.
While David Davis was bending over backwards to reassure everyone - contrary to what he had said 24 hours earlier - a hard Border was absolutely not on the horizon.