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Brexit and the Good Friday Agreement

A response to Vernon Bogdanor

By David Allen Green  

Vernon Bognador. Photo: WENN Rights Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo

In constitutional matters, one definition of a tory is a person who adamantly defends the reforms of previous generations against any further changes.

And so in 1828-1832, the tories defended the constitution they had inherited from 18th-century whigs against any modernisation, and much the same happened in 1909-11. No doubt in the 13th century there were earlier counterparts who tutted at the radical madness of Magna Carta before the great charter became inviolable.

Our modern tory commentator—lower-case t—is Vernon Bogdanor, sometime professor of government at the University of Oxford and author of many leading texts on the…

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