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Why the language of “Remain” was always second best

When you’re campaigning for the status quo, it’s hard to muster the passion of someone who’s telling you that something must be done

By Sam Leith   March 2018

It may not have been “the Sun wot won it,” when it came to the Brexit vote. But could it have been grammar? That is, at least in part, the argument of The Language of Brexit, an enlightening new book by the academic linguist Steve Buckledee. He has been riffling through the propaganda on both sides of the referendum debate since early 2016 to unpick the linguistic habits of both sides; and plunges back into…

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