Since article 50 was exercised a year ago those who favoured transition were people who never wanted to leave the European Union in the first place and know that the delay may mean an ultimate postponement.
It is telling that two select committees with strong majorities from remain both called for an elongation of the transition period within a few days of each other.
The Home affairs select committee suggests an extension would be necessary for the security aspects of any deal while the Exiting the EU committee, of which I am a member, went as far as advocating an extension to the article 50 time frame that would leave us a full member of the EU.
This split the committee down the lines of the referendum and it seems clear to me that those calling for such an extension never accepted the result and are still seeking to overturn it.
This view is backed up by the debates going on in the House of Lords over the Withdrawal Bill where it is clear that a number of peers did not approve of the referendum and seek its reversal.
People who allowed an ever-growing tide of EU regulation and directives to swamp Parliamentary sovereignty now stand up for it against that dangerous form of democracy – the people.
Beyond Parliament there are a number of groups set up to stop Brexit whose broad thesis is that we did not know what we were
Voting for as we are not clever enough. Oddly, they seem to think we will be clever enough to have another vote, a view shared by the Lib Dems who made an embarrassing effort to get pan-EU support from other liberal parties to support their position.
Transition helps the arguments of all these groups, it makes it easier to stop Brexit and delays the advantages that will come through to the nation.
Sadly, it is now the case but there will be no change in the ability of the country to govern itself on March 29 next year.
Although we will legally leave the EU at 11pm not a single extra power will have returned.
If this was then to become the permanent state it would be one of the greatest failures in our island story. Is this a reasonable fear?
It is at least possible, many things that were meant to be temporary have ended up being perpetual.
Income tax is perhaps the most famous example but it is by no means alone. The natural inertia of bureaucracies means that unless there is strong political impetus, the status quo pertains.
This would be a humiliation on the scale of Suez. It was then that the establishment decided that the only option for them was to manage decline, that there were no more broad sunlit uplands and that by our own efforts we could never succeed.
This led to the view that because we could not do well we should not even try. Yet the embarrassment of Suez was caused by a plot hatched in secret and then only followed halfway to its conclusion.
Reversing Brexit would be abandoning something worthy because the establishment does not like it. In the referendum 2.8 million people voted who never normally do so.
They turned out because they believed ultimately their democracy was worth making an effort for and that it was preferable to trust their future to their own politicians, however flawed, rather than to unknown bureaucrats.
If Brexit were to be frustrated then they would have been wasting their time and their reason for not voting in previous elections – “it will not change anything” – thoroughly vindicated.
Those who support Brexit must, therefore, stay awake. There is so much in the transition that the government said or implied it would never agree.
Free movement, the European Court of Justice, new laws, large amounts of money, “sincere co-operation” and even our fishing waters are all in the transition deal.
Fishing was authoritatively stated to be excluded by a Cabinet minister just a few days before the deal was published, this is a cause for concern.
A final deal on this basis would make fools of us all and would inevitably only be done by sleight of hand.
The obscure civil servant who boasted that it would be a KitKat deal – with a chocolate coating to gull the public with deep connections hidden underneath – may well have given the official game away.
It must not be allowed to happen, the real gains need to be grasped and the ghost of Suez exorcised. Managing decline is not enough.