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Gerard Lyons’s “Guide to leaving the EU” is almost childish in its optimism

The book contains some errors of judgement—and of fact

By George Magnus  

Gerard Lyons, Chief Economic Advisor to Boris Johnson ©Lauren Hurley/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The UK Referendum, An Easy Guide To Leaving The EU by Gerard Lyons

Read more: It’s time for Vote Leave to come clean

Historically, populist movements have drawn support by preying on insecurity and uncertainty. As the wonderful historian Margaret Macmillan has written, these movements evoke the past to persuade supporters that “good times” can return. They offer assurances and the certainty of control. And they also…

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