At the current rate, however, it could well end up happening before anything is agreed. Not the most conducive environment for bold thinking.
That leaves the Spring Statement in March, likely to be just a fortnight before Brexit day itself. The status of this event has been constantly downplayed by chancellor Philip Hammond in the past. It is no longer deemed a fiscal ‘event’ as such.
Perhaps, however, some kind of clarity on the Brexit deal – and if we don’t have clarity by that point then we may not have a government, either – will mean decisions can finally be taken.
But I wouldn’t bet on it.