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Brexit: animal farm

I’m not sure quite what to infer from the prime minister’s choice of words to kick-start the “future relationship” talks, but it seems somehow fitting that he should use a 1960s slogan from an oil company, designed to boost petrol sales.Neither...

Brexit: with a whimper

I don’t know how I expected the UK’s relationship to end. Before and during the referendum, I didn’t have a mental picture and, after the famous victory, I was hoping for a Flexcit-type solution where we slipped effortlessly from full membership to a...

Politics: the fall of leaders

The lack of self-awareness of the part of The Sunday Telegraph today is quite staggering. “The political class”, it declares in its editorial, “cannot command authority”. “The police cannot guarantee order. Britain is a...

Politics: independence day

The Times has caught up (paywall) with yesterday’s story about the government’s plans to waive border checks on incoming goods, come the beginning of next year when the transition period ends. Apparently, it isn’t quite the free-for-all that...

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