Looking for the essence of Brexit? Try Monty Python, only sadder

It may have the air of a surreal comedy sketch, but Britain’s attempt to leave the EU has left it at risk of becoming a failed state

29th September, 2019
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Pro and anti-Brexit demonstrators in London. ‘What ails Britain is not a failure of state or institutions, but of political leadership’ Picture: Getty

In the search for the essence of Brexit, one can always rely on Monty Python. One of the group’s funniest sketches is the 100-Yard Dash for People With No Sense of Direction. The runners line up at the start, and when the gun is fired they sprint madly in every direction except straight ahead.

In Britain’s attempt to leave the European Union, the starting gun has been fired twice. The first time was...

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