At last, the government realises how important the customs union and single market are to our future

The European Union’s communiques are always a delight for the Kremlinologists of politics, who miss the days when reading between the lines of Soviet statements was an art form in itself. But this morning, the EU, ably assisted by Theresa May, outdid itself with a statement of such creative ambiguity that it had been spun and translated six ways to Sunday before the ink was even dry. A victory for May, supported by Arlene Foster, welcomed by the taoiseach, delivering for the EU: its dexterity and elasticity has been dizzying to behold.    

Read more from Owen Smith for New Statesman here: https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/staggers/2017/12/last-government-realises-how-important-customs-union-and-single-market-are