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Why Britain chose Brexit

There was nothing peculiarly British about Brexit

19 December 2020

9:00 AM

19 December 2020

9:00 AM

None of us will easily forget the emotional response to the Leave vote in 2016, the national and international lamentation and the angry reproaches and insults, heaped on the majority: they were ignorant losers, white, old, xenophobic and stupid, ‘gammon’ who would be better dead or disfranchised. But leave aside the arrogance and snobbery; more fundamental was the basic ignorance of Europe shown by these zealous Europhiles.

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This Sovereign Isle: Britain In and Out of Europe by Robert Tombs will be published by Allen Lane on 28 January.

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