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Britain’s new Gaullists

The Brexit bunch would shudder to admit it—but they are following a decidedly French script

By Philip Collins   October 2017

L-R: Michael Gove, Boris Johnson, David Davis, Jacob Rees-Mogg and Daniel Hannan

The schisms within the burgeoning ranks of British nationalists can be baffling for outsiders. Earlier in the summer, however, two flag-waving factions went into open confrontation over the unlikely question of chlorinated chicken. In the distant event of a British trade deal with the United States, Britain would have to submit to a new regulation for treating the meat, which may result in chlorination. Liam Fox—a reflexive, US-good-Brussels-bad Thatcherite of the old school—insisted that this would be…

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