London's markets took a moment to ponder on Tuesday ...
Traders asking: what does the last-minute cancellation of Theresa May's make-or-break Brexit vote in parliament really mean?
For the pound, it meant a one and half per cent loss to a 20-month low against the dollar on Monday ...
But a slight rebound the next day - which also saw UK shares trying to join a recovery elsewhere ....
Even as uncertainty set in.
"Over the next few months you'll probably hear people talking more about a managed no-deal Brexit where both sides coming together to try and minimize the impact of the cliff edge although you know all options are still on the table."
"The deal we have achieved is the best deal possible. It's the only deal possible....."
From the euro zone, a message that reworking the deal is, it says, not an option.
Theresa May is now touring European capitals ....
In a bid to gain concessions that might swing opponents in Britain's parliament behind it after all.
The view on that on Europe's bourses is less than optimistic.
"It will linger on, that's our guess. It will linger on until March 29 and there will be a forced solution .... It will be a showdown at the last minute."
One irony on Tuesday - new data shows the UK labour market showing no sign of weakening ahead of Brexit.
Partly it's thought because of the numbers of EU workers leaving the country, UK workers received their biggest pay in a decade in the three months to October.
Though few were in the mood to celebrate.
"No one knows where it's going, what's happening with it but we just all want to get on with our lives don't we?"
The weeks ahead a potentially fateful test of whether a country, its parliament and its government can really break through its Brexit impasse.