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Welcome to New Britain

The referendum was the start of a national re-alignment of British politics

Illustration by Ben Jennings

If all the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players, then politics right now is a bizarre piece of avant-garde theatre—surreal, confusing and unpredictable, with the ending still unwritten. One Conservative minister said: “It feels like when you are at a play and the lights go down. People in black T-shirts come in and start quietly moving the furniture around. Then the lights come up and you see what has happened. The set is being re-arranged around us in…

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