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Traditionally, the way to break a logjam of this type in Britain is to call a general election, but because Leave v Remain cuts across Conservative and Labour and are views now held far more passionately than traditional party loyalties, doing so would generate more heat than light. A number of mistakes have brought us to this point.

Leave campaigners never agreed on a unified view of future trade with the EU. That was understandable before the referendum, but here we are three years later and there is still no consensus. All shall be milk and honey when the world is made anew. It never reckoned with the public, for example, about the disruption that leaving the customs union would cause to the manufacturing sector as it currently stands.

Meanwhile, Remain never settled on whether they were trying to reverse the result or craft a post-Brexit trading relationship with the EU.

The mess in which both camps now find themselves is a stark reminder that one campaigns in poetry but governs in prose. In days gone by, superannuated elites refusing to accept defeat on existential questions of this type finished up with their heads on pikes. Democracy put a stop to that by doing what democracy does best: facilitating the peaceful and orderly transfer of power.

But democracy means you elect a new parliament, not a new people.


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That, in truth, is the only deal that matters. Her most recent novel, Kingdom of the Wicked , has been shortlisted for the Prometheus Prize for science fiction. About the Author. Sounds like you need a free trade agreement with the US quickly and start marketing lamb to Americans. I noticed that Helen Dale is a novelist as well as a talented political commentator.

Great piece and I appreciate the insight into a complicated situation. You touched on many aspects that are completely unmentioned in America. At least the US congress has outsourced the function to other Americans and not some silly Frogs and Krauts. Incredible as it may seem in light of the ongoing Brexit mess, governments in modern liberal democracies are also astonishingly competent. The most able Roman […]. Your email address will not be published. Notify me of follow-up comments by email.

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By using this site, you consent to our use of cookies. Skip to content Mobile toggle main menu Axios. Latest WeWork drama: SoftBank vs. In photos and video: Climate protests snarl D. Sara Fischer Aug 13, Boris Johnson, former London mayor and foreign secretary has been announced as the new Prime Minister of Britain. Tory turnout for the vote came in at Anne Milton, an education minister, resigned minutes before the announcement, saying she had "grave concerns" over Mr Johnson's threats of a no-deal Brexit.

Other ministers are expected to follow suit before the new prime minister takes over from Theresa May tomorrow. Whether it be the casually racist phrases he uses when speaking about minorities, to the moments where he's been caught in the midst of a barefaced lie, it's safe to say that what follows next is certainly going to be eventful. And yet, here we are.

In a column for the Daily Telegraph, Johnson compared women wearing burqas to "letter boxes".

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If a female student turned up at school or at a university lecture looking like a bank robber then ditto: those in authority should be allowed to converse openly with those that they are being asked to instruct. Her family, including her husband who is currently on hunger strike in order to get the government to take another look at her case, blame Boris for her continued incarceration.

Johnson claimed that the past 2, years had seen failed attempts to recreate the "golden age" of the Roman Empire. Napoleon, Hitler, various people tried this out, and it ends tragically.

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The EU is an attempt to do this by different methods. At the World Islamic Economic Forum, Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak said that 68 per cent of women were going to be attending university, to which Johnson quipped:. She's got dyed blonde hair and pouty lips, and a steely blue stare, like a sadistic nurse in a mental hospital. What a relief it must be for Blair to get out of England.