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The meanings of Brexit

What does Brexit really mean? A good place to start is the question voters were asked on 23rd June: should the UK remain a member of the European Union or leave the EU? So at the very least we can say that Britain will at some point cease to be a member of the EU… » read more

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Cosmopolitanism as disease

“If you believe you’re a citizen of the world, you’re a citizen of nowhere. You don’t understand what the very word ‘citizenship’ means.” This is how Theresa May denounced cosmopolitanism in her first speech as Prime Minister to the Conservative Party conference.   It’s a strange choice of words, when she could have stuck to… » read more

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Of course it’s all too late now, and it may not have mattered anyway. But a closer look at the way the EU referendum question was worded and at the layout of the ballot paper raises some interesting questions. First – the ‘Remain’ option is the more complicated of the two. The equivalent of “Remain… » read more

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  Somebody compared Brexit to a dog who got onto a bus without having thought what to do next. This is a pretty accurate image of a country that is almost too stunned to ask the question “What now?”, unable to make up its mind what price is worth paying for this glorious day of… » read more

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The Somme, Verdun and Brexit

We are now half-way through four years of First World War commemorations. Comparing how the Great War is remembered in Britain, France and Germany throws a revealing light on the basic differences in the relationships of these countries with the European Union.   Seen in this context, Brexit is the clash between two conflicting narratives… » read more

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