It took 249 days to get there and that was the easy bit. Now there are 474 days left for the really tough stuff.
This is the EU trade deal which will stop shoppers facing average price hikes of 23 per cent on imported food.
Everything from European delicacies such as cheese and chocolate to fruit and veg would go up.
The price of continental chocolate would rise by nearly a third, cheese by 36 per cent and coffee five per cent if EU tariffs bite.
And that’s what will happen if Phase Two of the Brexit talks fail.
If you fancy a 620ml bottle of £2.65 Italian Peroni beer from Tesco, then you would pay an extra 53p for it – more if you buy it in a pub.
On top of that, you could expect to pay 10 per cent more for cars and clothes.
Theresa May will move on to crucial trade talks this week with EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier after clearing the logjam over the status of the border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic.
On Monday she returned to Britain from Brussels with her tail between her legs after DUP leader Arlene Foster scuppered an earlier deal at the 11th hour.
Mrs May faced ruin. There was talk of her being gone by Christmas and leadership rivals Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and David Davis licked their lips in anticipation.
But a round of frantic telephone diplomacy on Thursday night did the trick – as karaoke from the No10 staff Christmas party thundered above her head.
The EU blinked on the Irish border and caved in to what Mrs May had always demanded, that its status should be sorted out alongside trade talks.
In a leaked document seen by the Sunday People , the PM told her MPs: “The best way to avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland is to negotiate the right trading relationship between the UK and the EU.”
It was an important concession. Failure to keep it open will affect not only the 14,500 workers who cross it each day but businesses operating on both sides of it. A quarter of Northern Ireland’s milk is processed in factories located in the south and both countries share energy supplies.
David Davis infuriated MPs last week when he could not produce the 57 impact assessments he had promised his department was working on.
Not only had the analysis not gone into the “excruciating detail” he had previously claimed but it does not exist at all.
The Brexit Secretary further angered MPs on the Commons Brexit Committee by telling them that if he had he done the hard graft it would have been valueless because economic predictions never get it right.
Yet Mr Davis could have got such assessments easily, off the peg.
The Confederation of British Industry did a sector by sector analysis a year ago which would have told Mr Davis what business needed from Brexit.
And the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee has been issuing warnings since the referendum saying a Brexit vote would push the pound down, stoke inflation and lower economic growth.
The only things they got wrong was that spending would slow and unemployment would go up.
On Wednesday, CBI President Paul Drechsler showed his frustration in a speech following a dinner of roast breast of pheasant and cured sea trout.
Her threw down his prepared notes and called Brexit the “most serious issue any country in the world has ever had to face”.
And he even attacked Theresa May’s Cabinet, saying: “What’s her team doing popping up like whack-a-mole?”
He complained that most days “some clown pops up” with a different opinion and he warned that “Rome is burning” while the stalemate continued.
He defiantly added: “No way are we going to let London go from the most exciting city on the planet to mostly irrelevant because of mismanagement.”
But after Mrs May’s breakthrough on Friday the CBI was more cheerful. Deputy director general Josh Hardie said: “This will lift spirits in the run-up to Christmas.”
Not everyone is quite so happy though. Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage told the Sunday People: “It’s total capitulation on all fronts. We’ve placed an enormous amount on the table for nothing guaranteed back.”
And Labour’s Gisela Stuart, who chairs Change Britain, said: “The referendum was a vote for real change and most importantly a vote to take back control. It would be unacceptable if the UK continued to be subject to rules designed and imposed by Brussels.”
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