In recent weeks, Boris Johnson has taken the country on a rollercoaster ride over Brexit.
First there was hope, then restlessness, persistence and stubbornness.
It culminates in what the prime minister wants to present as a negotiating coup on Christmas Eve.
It has come out with a storm of claims of victory over adversity and promises made and overly complicated arguments about negotiating victories against I am.
But today it is not about Boris Johnson. And it’s not a long series about the grueling 11-month-long negotiations with Michel Barnier and his team.
It’s all about the voters who, rightly, are likely to pay little attention today.
in the end A trade deal between the United Kingdom and the European Union The audience will judge him based on a wide range of criteria.
Will this deal satisfy everyone who voted to leave the European Union in the June 23, 2016 referendum?
Do the British people think it is giving the nation freedom to do the things it cannot do as a member of the European Union?
Does this cause difficulties for companies and individuals in their dealings with the European Union, or have reasonable compromises been found?
How easy is it to live, work and interact with people across the canal and the Irish Sea?
These questions simply cannot be answered today. Britain has begun the journey away from the European Union and this is only the first step.
No deal details seen, just logos.
Once companies are forced to follow their restrictions and courts interpret their meaning, when it comes into effect on January 1, the deal will take effect.
Only then can we really know how good the deal is.