Deal or no deal, primal English nationalism won’t be sated by Brexit

The Tory war against Europe looks like it could have years, if not a generation, to run – with the North in the thick of it

24th March, 2019

In the beginning, it was all supposed to go so smoothly. The Brexit vote was a shock, but a proper exit deal and two years of transition would surely lead us all to a new and unfamiliar place. We would adjust to it in time. Indeed.

How we all miscalculated. How we failed to realise that the impetus for Brexit was a far more primordial English nationalist force than we imagined. Led by their public...

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