A date with his­tory

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AT last! Now we can put the date in our di­aries. In eight days, Theresa May will trig­ger Ar­ti­cle 50. Come what may, on March 29, 2019 Bri­tain will have left the EU.

The Mail con­fi­dently be­lieves tak­ing this historic step to free our­selves from the shack­les of the scle­rotic Brus­sels bu­reau­cracy will open up a great fu­ture.

Yes, the talks may be hard, but with the econ­omy – touch wood – still buoy­ant, we en­ter them from a po­si­tion of strength. With her up­beat ap­proach – and by declar­ing Bri­tain wants to re­main Europe’s ‘best friend and neigh­bour’ while mak­ing clear we will walk away from a bad deal – Mrs May is set­ting just the right tone.

Mean­while, that de­luded Euro­crat Jean-Claude Juncker threat­ens to make an ‘ex­am­ple’ of us and im­pose a £50bil­lion divorce bill to dis­suade oth­ers from leav­ing. But don’t such com­ments, and his in­sis­tence that re­main­ing mem­ber states will ‘fall in love with each other again and re­new their vows with the EU’, be­tray noth­ing but weak­ness and fear?

AF­TER ex­celling it­self with im­par­tial cov­er­age dur­ing the ref­er­en­dum cam­paign, the BBC has re­verted to type. Its EU cov­er­age is un­remit­tingly gloomy and, as MPs ar­gue to­day, dom­i­nated by ‘re­gret­ful Re­main­ers’. Is it too much to hope that, once Ar­ti­cle 50 is trig­gered, the BBC will stop paint­ing such a re­lent­lessly neg­a­tive pic­ture of Brexit Bri­tain?

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