Theresa May may have triggered article 50, yet negotiations cannot effectively start until the EU political landscape has settled. Indeed, with major elections being held across the continent, most notably in France and Germany, 2016 is proving to be an eventful (if slightly chaotic) year that could well spell success or failure for a UK deal.
I Voted Leave, I'm Scared, And I Don't Know What Brexit Looks Like - But At Least We're Going in the Right Direction
I'm not going to claim we're out of the woods yet; there's a long way to go till the fruits of independence are laid bare. For starters, we're certainly not going to be spending that phantom £350million anytime soon (if it even proves to exist). But seeing people write off a historic opportunity on the basis of one day's events is absolutely crackers.