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Foreword: May 2017—From British exit to Britain’s break-up

"We may be approaching the end of days where 'British history' is concerned"

By Tom Clark   May 2017

Poised with her pen in front of an outsize Union flag and a No 10 portrait of that old rogue Robert Walpole, Theresa May got all the headlines she’d hoped for when she signed her Article 50 letter—headlines about a “momentous day in British history.” In truth, the state that’s been there since the days of the Whig wheeler-dealer behind her is coming unstuck, and we may be approaching the end of days where “British history” is concerned. What’s more, her signature will only encourage that.

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