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The Brexiteer notion that we stood alone in the war is historically illiterate

Britain remained globalised and this was crucial to its success 

By Duncan Weldon  

Churchill's Britain was heavily globalised

Analogies between Brexit and the Second World War appear to be in vogue. References to Britons “surviving the blitz” and so “being able to get through a no-deal exit” are by now a staple trope of TV vox pops. In recent weeks a fair few commentators have argued that “a country which stood alone against the Nazis after Dunkirk” can surely handle some customs delays in the aftermath of a sudden Halloween Brexit.

Much of this talk is simple nonsense, some of it though…

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