A standing-room-only Bar Conference session on Brexit witnessed a pantomime interlude on the question of whether the UK actually ceded ‘sovereignty’ after joining the EEC (as it then was).

‘Oh no we didn’t!’

‘Oh yes we did!’

‘On no we didn’t!’

Good to know the self-styled elite of the legal profession are not above a little playground bickering.

Amid the gloom (Brexiteers were either few in number or very quiet) one inquisitor came up with a curious idea. He asked an eminent Irish counsel present whether Ireland had retained any ‘residual skills’ acquired during its bloody divorce from Britain back in the day that England and Wales could usefully learn from.

A pause.

‘Well – we retain some residual skills, but not necessarily of the sort you mean,’ came the wonderfully gnomic reply.