During the referendum campaign, Fox, Johnson, Farage et al stood up and insisted that this would be "the easiest trade deal in history", and that "we held all the cards". Now, there are two possible explanations as to why we haven't got a deal:
- They were right - it's just that these incredibly easy deals were subverted by evil remainers / cunning EU types
- They were wrong - it's a lot more complicated than they thought (see Raab + Dover, Fox + trade deals, a convenient forgetfulness that we had a land border with the EU covered by the GFA)
That belief doesn't need me to be "on drugs", or "a Quisling", or some kind of Guardian-reading social-justice fanatic who dreams of an EUSSR. I just happen to believe that this stuff is difficult, and that any politician who asks for votes while insisting that we "only have to choose me, do X or Y, and Britain will instantly gain an awesome deal with the EU and spring forward onto the world stage as an economic powerhouse" is either a liar or an incompetent.