We need to talk about Brexit. You might wish we didn't have to; you might have hoped this country's tormented relationship with Europe ended with the referendum in 2016 or certainly with our withdrawal from the EU in January 2020. But it didn't and there's no point pretending otherwise. It continues to dominate political discourse just as it has since Harold Macmillan first tried to join in 1961 only to be met with a resounding framboise from General de Gaulle. Brexit started life with high hopes but has turned into a surly six-year old, screaming abuse at anyone who asks when it is going to live up to its early promise. Sitting with its fingers in its ears, refusing to heed any advice, however sensible and well-meant, does not suggest it will grow up and flourish. It is not helped by the many Remainers who would just prefer to say "we told you so" rather than help to make it work. Why should we, they might well argue. The answer is because it is in the country's best interests to do so. That also means Brexiteers have to be prepared to come halfway whenever a suggestion is made about how… Read full this story
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