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Now is the moment the Leave coalition starts to fragment

A campaign which promised all things to all people is finally being found out

By Jonathan Lis  

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On New Year’s Eve, conservative politicians and pundits delivered a common message: Brexit was now resolved, and after five long decades, the argument about Europe was settled for a generation. 

The generation has lasted less than two weeks. Now begins Brexit’s next chapter: the breakdown of the coalition which held it together.  

The reason for the trouble is that Brexit has now taken place. As such, five years of warnings are now becoming reality. We have quickly learned that Remainers’ predictions were not fearmongering and that Brexiters couldn’t resolve problems by simply “believing in Britain.”  


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