There is an atmosphere of unreality surrounding Theresa May’s Brexit betrayal. The scale of the sell-out, the extravagantly masochistic submission, the abject surrender has no precedent in relations between sovereign entities. It resembles a final act of commemoration of the 1918 Armistice in which, since the EU is the continuation of Germany by other means, the historical situation is triumphantly reversed. If it survives, this treaty should be signed by Britain in a railway carriage at Compiègne.

It is Remain Plus. It would be impossible for the human mind to devise a more complete concession of all British interests; it is, from the Brussels viewpoint, an improvement on the status quo ante since it imprisons Britain within the most vexatious institutions of the European Union without parliamentary representation or any say in making the regulations that bind us.