We are all tired of talking about backstops and customs unions and voting blocs, but Brexit chat still manages to get centre stage to the exclusion of all else.
And yet, in the background, many of the ingredients for an economic upswing have accumulated in the wings.
Retailers had a miserable time of it in 2018 and consumer confidence surveys remained firmly in the basement.
However, retail sales growth has actually been ticking along - boosted by more substantial purchases, such as homes, and small luxuries, like eating out and buying jewellery and new clothes.
In the past, this tends to happen when unemployment is rising and wages are stagnating or inflation is sending pay packets backwards in real terms. But today the labour market is actually very strong.
Employment is at record levels, skills shortages abound, wage growth of 3.4% is the fastest pace seen in a decade and inflation had tapered off to 2.1% by the end of 2018, down from 3% in January.
The Asda discretionary income tracker, which calculates the average amount left in household accounts after taxes and bills, rocketed by 5.8% in December.
So what are we all doing with this extra cash? Economic smoke signals suggest we are paying off debts. The amount of cash on deposit in the UK has spiked in the past few months.
UK households, on the whole, are debt junkies. Getting rid of some of those loans will make us more secure for the future - which seems to be the point.
Combining this with consumer confidence levels at six-year lows, Britons are acting like they are worried about their jobs.
Our take on all this? It would not take much for this uncharacteristic restraint to disappear, should the politicians get their act together and agree on a future for the country.
That could lead to consumers hitting the shops once more and potentially encourage businesses to invest again, after years of shelving plans in the UK and spending offshore instead.
Alexandra Jackson is manager of the Rathbone UK Opportunities fund
• Employment and wage growth are strong, while consumers are paying down their debt
• Many foreign investors have shunned the UK, so a rebound in prospects could create a large flow of investment back
• Consumers are paying down debt rather than driving the economy
• Years of purgatory may have done significant lasting damage to the economy