For the media, it allows another round of Brexit speculation and political sparring. But for those of us who crave certainty, and a clear direction of travel between now and our eventual exit from the European Union, today's Supreme Court judgment that Parliament, and not the Prime Minister, must take the decision on whether to trigger Article 50 was something of a diversion.
A very important, constitutionally significant, diversion. A diversion which will allow voices outside of Cabinet to be heard more loudly in the debate about the nature of our relationship with the European Union. But when we eventually reach our Brexit destination, it is likely to have been something of a sideshow to the key question of the terms of our exit.
There will no doubt be a lively debate in Parliament. However, it seems most likely that a short Parliamentary Bill we be passed after much hand-wringing, authorising the Prime Minister to trigger Article 50. Indeed, in David Davies' address to Parliament today, he has promised "the most straightforward Bill possible" to trigger the process of withdrawal from the EU (although it isn't beyond the realms of possibility that Labour's calls for a White Paper on the matter may yet complicate matters).
It seems most likely that the Prime Minister will have a mandate to negotiate on the basis of the key principles which she set out in her landmark Brexit speech last week. So - aside from the process of how we get there - what clarity is emerging from Government about what our destination might look like? We set out below a few of the headline areas, and our observations on them:
These are the high-level principles - the elements that make good newspaper copy. Scratch the surface though, and it quickly becomes clear that implementing these principles - when applied to the many and varied aspects of our life that are touched by EU law - will be fiendishly difficult. International trade and immigration have the highest profile, but areas such as intellectual property, data protection, and procurement will require difficult negotiation and the consequences for how UK businesses operate in those areas could be profound. The direction of travel in those areas will become clearer over time, and we will keep you updated as we begin to see concrete proposals on those issues.
The position described by the Prime Minister in her speech last week was the first real salvo in the forthcoming negotiations - there will be plenty of cards on both sides of the negotiating table which are yet to be played. As much thought is likely to have been given to the message that it sent to Brussels in preparation for those negotiations as to the message it sent to the UK electorate, and our position will no doubt evolve over the next couple of years. However, while there will be other diversions, our likely destination is gradually becoming clearer than it was on 24 June.