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Reversing Brexit would turn the country against itself

There is a tendency to frame everything as Britain versus Europe. But the most incendiary effect of reversal would be domestic

The "Brexit Bange"r is driven around Parliament Square, in Westminster. Photo: PA

Europe has form on referendums it doesn’t like—Denmark was told to go away and have another think about Maastricht, as was Ireland on both Nice and Lisbon. In 2015, Greece was told that its plebiscite against austerity actually counted for less than nothing—it was served up with even stiffer financial terms than before. No wonder there’s a disconnect between Europe’s governing and its governed.

But Brexit is different. It’s challenging the whole idea of Europe—and in…

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