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    So, inspired by Jacob Rees-Mogg's column in The Sun today song that there was a plan for Brexit, and that this was it, I've been reading "Change Or Go".

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    This 1,000-page doorstopper was published in 2015 by Business For Britain, which was Vote Leave in its embryonic form. Rees-Mogg says it is the basis of a Brexit plan. What does it say?

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    "What do we mean by 'leaving the EU'?"
    We might mean WTO. So far, so unsurprising. But what's this? "Alternatives... include becoming a European Economic Area member like Norway."

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    What if there isn't a deal within two years?
    It turns out that, in 2015, extending Article 50 was absolutely an option. Or something that sounds awfully like Norway For Now.

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    (We'll file this bit as a work in progress, I think)

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    I know, I know, you want to hear what it has to say about the Irish border. Not much, to be honest. Except this bit, where it turns out that a border in the Irish Sea wouldn't be a problem.

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    And what does it say about a second referendum? Well, apparently that's up to parliament.

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    What this illustrates is the way that, as @Dannythefink has noted, Brexit supporters now rule out as unacceptable things which less than four years ago they were saying were options. My full story is here: bloomberg.com/news/articles/…

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