Of course, the Chancellor and the Treasury are highly culpable in this being “Remain Central” within government, and seeing the entire Brexit process as one of damage limitation rather than opportunity. It was a great mistake that Philip Hammond was not sacked a long time ago.
From the very beginning Britain should have adopted the approach of a WTO global trade position from March 2019, with no transition, and actively pursued vigorous preparations for this, while at the same time facilitating an open door to free trade negotiations with the EU. No money should have been offered without a trade deal.
This is what I and Leave means Leave said at the time. What happened was pathetic and lamentable, as history will reflect when being written – provided it is not by then being written in German. We are where we are, and it is not too late, but we must act now.