Among all the details certain to be ignored in the mad scrambling lunacy of Brexit politics is the news that cabinet ministers were asked to take a position on a 585-page draft document without being given adequate time to read it.

To give some sense of the scale: it would be a prodigious effort of speed reading amounting to 104,617 words or, give or take a paragraph or two, the length of The Martian by Andy Weir, which, quite aptly (depending on your view), is a book set some years hence, about a man stuck in a prolonged nightmare, isolated from the rest of humanity, and with his provisions rapidly running out, leaving him to exist on potatoes grown in his own excreta.

This is not the first nor the last time politicians will be asked to indulge their ignorance by voting blind on an issue. It isn’t even the first time that Theresa May has tried this trick.