There is an awful lot more wrong with Theresa May’s withdrawal deal than just the Irish backstop, though that is the most egregious imposition contained in the document. Imagining, for one moment, that the EU were to accede to Britain’s representations, reopen the agreement and withdraw the backstop, would that leave us with an acceptable deal, as the Westminster village’s idiots vociferously claim?

Of course not, except from the viewpoint of those Remainers – a majority within the House of Commons – who, having lost the referendum, are now seeking a default settlement of Brexit In Name Only. In the first place, again in the fantasy scenario whereby Brussels agreed to abolish the backstop, it would not be replaced by a void but by what has become coyly known as an “alternative arrangement”.