The Jan/ Feb date may just be aspirational.Well Britain has never been a mastermind when it comes to diplomacy and her constant mudslinging against the EU and its core values will not help when negotiations are begun. In reality, the EU does not have to accept any conditions and, once Article 50 is triggered, Britain will have to go. All the EU has to do is play a lot of stalling tactics while giving in to a handful of pointless concessions to keep them silent.
Two things are certainly OUT!
-1 Membership of the common market without free movement
-2 Wide access to free movement while Britain does not reciprocate
Britain will need to have all her ducks in a row--and there are a lot of ducks--before triggering Article 50
Once it's triggered the clock is ticking, and the options narrow.
I don't think Britain will be in a great hurry to get on that white knuckle ride, whatever is said publicly
Davis was sending out signals and getting his excuses in early in his tantrum about British businesses. No doubt he sees the huge, head-wrecking task ahead, is wondering if it can be done, and the realisation dawning that no matter how hard he works, or what he achieves, he will be excoriated for not achieving more