PM's anti-EU Brexit team not up to the job
Theresa May clearly believed 'you Brexit, you fixit' when she appointed Boris Johnson, David Davis and Liam Fox to cut a deal that would keep Britain's economy afloat.
EU leaders may insist the four freedoms are non-negotiable if the UK wants single market access, but that mantra is starting to sound hollow.
The European Commission's proposed curbs on access to social security benefits will mean migrants have no legal right to residence if they do not work or actively seek a job.
In addition, the rising pan-European terrorism threat means that France and Germany will place free movement reform at the very forefront of the EU agenda.
Restrictions to free movement, such as an emergency brake, may just be enough to permit a soft Brexit, allowing the UK to keep much of its single market access.
The Prime Minister must ignore her Europhobic backwoodsmen and parachute in a better negotiating team.
It is looking as if terrorism may have given her a hand to play in 2017.
St Andrews, Scotland
Belfast Telegraph Digital