Other non-Euro countries will miss Britain's lobbying - and Germany and France won't be too keen to make up for our lost budget contributions.
But as well as handing over a letter, Theresa May hands over control of the process.
If it's really about staying in touch with the real world, how about something menial and underpaid? Or reforming parliamentary rules on second jobs...
The desire to slash "employment red tape" is not supported by evidence.
The UK government was quick to respond.
A Kent landlord tried to ban "coloured people" from his properties.
Carswell's personal vote is spoken of fondly in Westminster. There's little evidence it actually exists.
Finally forced to confront the economic consequences of low migration, ministers are abandoning the easy rhetoric of the past.
The Northern Ireland secretary's decision to extend talks makes a settlement less, not more, likely.
The former deputy Prime Minister argued Brexiteers were trying to silence the 48 per cent.
Former Conservative minister Nicky Morgan argued Cabinet members were onside for a better deal.
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