As Brexit Day approached, the air at Westminster was thick with what ifs, if onlys and chatter about what might yet be – that one day, the UK might rejoin the EU.
In private, some MPs dare to believe that re-entry is a possibility – that, for example, Labour might fight the general election after next on a rejoin platform. Yet they will undermine their own case if they go public too soon.
Boris Johnson has outmanoeuvred his opponents, delivered Brexit and united a party deeply split over Europe since I began covering EU summits during Margaret Thatcher’s reign.
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