"I think the only question is do we get that deal before the 31st of October or do we get a comprehensive free trade agreement after the 31st of October," he added.
So we're going into this on the basis of... hope?
And I am immediately reminded of something from May's time, which was "businesses will not need to adjust to *two* sets of rule changes".
Well, so much for that.
And then there's this, too.
Last year the government's original "reasonable worst case scenario" for no deal was that for three to six months, 75-87% of "flow" across the "short straits" would be interrupted and forced to join queues on motorways approaching the Channel Tunnel and ports.
That assessment assumed that French authorities would check every lorry coming into its country manually. As there had been no talks between authorities. UK officials had to use satellite photographs to estimate the potential for holding and processing facilities around French ports.
The scenarios were told to industry, but kept secret from the public.
I will pass over the astounding "there had been no talks" and move directly onto the even *more* astounding - and deeply worrying - secrecy.
We need to keep these estimates secret from the public because... because... because?
Because the Civil Service is becoming political, and it is forbidden to release information which goes against the view of the Government?