Ever since Britain’s referendum to leave the EU caused an earthquake in global politics six months ago, the mood in the UK has been gloomy. Pundits, politicians and business leaders have lined up to say how the British were either fools or liars to think we should be self-governing.
Today’s speech, Theresa May blew that cynicism away. She stood up and told Europe that far from begging for mercy the British need to be respected. Why should we beg them not to give us a punishment deal?