Throughout the long and drawn-out process of leaving the EU, the most baffling thing has been how some seem to regard the pronouncements of that wondrous body, the European Commission. For lo, these are holy writ.

When the Commission says something, it is deemed to be infallible, its opinions inevitable and, most intriguingly of all, its approach entirely disinterested. This detached, Olympian body never “pushes a line”, it simply hands down great thunderbolts of truth.

In the run-up to the European Council Theresa May attends this week, it is time for the genuine truth and real facts to be faced up to.