Could Britain find its way back into what Tony Blair liked to call the heart of Europe by way of a back door held open by all people, Emmanuel Macron?.

Just two days after being inaugurated for a second term as French President, Macron has called for the construction of a loosely-based European Political Community, or EPC, separate from the EU, that would include not only Ukraine but Turkey, Switzerland, Norway and – whisper it softly – the UK.