It’s over three months since a slim majority of the British people voted to leave the European Union.
Yet nothing has happened.
Instead, we sit at the edge of the ice pool, sipping tea while the representatives of some 30 countries mill around, debating with each other, sometimes shouting and all looking for a theme to unite them.
If we’re not careful, the ice will break, we shall all sink, and that will be the end of the European project.
It’s a frightening thought, even sitting on the edge.
We really ought to get on to dry land. But, at the moment, we don’t know what that land is like and how we will fare in it. We could easily be a forgotten people who made their way onto the land by accident.
We have to know what kind of country Britain wants to be, post European Union membership, before we can offer anything useful to those who are already on dry land.
It’s time, therefore, to make our minds up; for those who would be in charge to take responsibility for being in charge.