Hopefully, in the context of a Brexit deal , MAYBE we are?
We appear to have signals from Europe that - subject to a non trivial proposition - a proposition that presents a "viable alternative" to the current
backstop arrangements - THERE WILL BE GROUNDS FOR A SUBSTANTIVE "DEAL" TWIXT the EU and GB.
To get there however negotiators suggest that " creative options" must be invented. To do so (a) the acts of invention should be separated from the act ofimmediately judging any merits (b) both sides should look to broaden the " created options" on the table rather than look for a single answer (c) FOCUS UPON SEARCHING FOR MUTUAL GAINS (d) invent the easiest way to make commonly agreed decisions acceptable to both sides (FIsher & Ury 1982)
With truthful and honest discussion - we will be able to answer the question of "are we there yet" - with a resounding Y E S !