Also this week: a back-of-the-sofa Brexit plan and why Grand Designs is a fixture in my house

The morning after I arrived in Liverpool for the Labour party conference, I found myself on an early train back to London. The excitement of yet another European Research Group event fronted by Jacob Rees-Mogg and David Davis had proved irresistible. Two weeks previously the ERG had given a presentation to set out its preferred economic model of a no deal/World Trade Organization terms Brexit that would miraculously make the country more than £1tn better off. Now the group had decided they weren’t so keen on that after all and wanted to introduce the world to some new research that favoured a Canada-style trade agreement they had found down the back of the sofa at the Institute of Economic Affairs.

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