Laying out the case for life outside the European Union, Boris Johnson was clear: claims that Britain could not go it alone and strike bold new trade deals with markets such as the United States were, in his words, “total tosh”. Six years since the nation backed his cause, and almost three since he became its prime minister, the time for campaigning — on Brexit, at least — has long passed. The country has taken back control. Johnson’s government, and that of his predecessor, got it done.
Yet as the dust settles on Brexit as a political issue, its potential as an economic excursion remains very much in play. In hindsight, just as warnings of swift armageddon in the wake of a vote to leave