Business secretary Greg Clark said on the BBC today that the “customs partnership” with the EU is still on the table.

That won’t be music to the ears of Tory Brexiteers in the Brexit committee that outnumber Remainers six to five since Sajid Javid -who has switched his position to pro-Brexit- replaced Amber Rudd as Home Secretary.

Clark warned about the effect of border checks on manufacturing jobs of a lack of any such partnership, saying whatever replaces the customs union was of “huge importance” and that whichever option was chosen would “take some time” to put in place.

In the meantime, Prime Minister Theresa May has asked officials to draw up “revised proposals” after last week’s meeting of the Brexit committee.

At this stage it seems unlikely that any formula can satisfy both sides- as the Brexit deadline of 29 March looms ever closer.