A no-deal Brexit is now closer than ever thanks to the EU’s lack of imagination

It was a moment that has been about 18 months in gestation, but the decision by Dominic Raab to walk away from the Brexit negotiating table on Sunday night was entirely predictable. What comes next is much less so.

For many months now, it has been clear to those that follow the detail that what was technically deliverable in the negotiating rooms of the EU’s Berlaymont headquarters in Brussels was never going to be negotiable politically in London.

As the contours of the deal became clear last week, the chorus of opposition from the Democratic Unionists (DUP) and leading Brexiteers in the European Research Group (ERG) only grew louder, reaching a crescendo over the weekend.

Mr Raab, himself on…