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Brexit: How Britain was undone by the religious fervour of a deluded few

The project has come to mean nothing more than spiritual devotion to a lost cause 

By Jonathan Lis  

Photo: Peter Byrne/PA Archive/PA Images

In his 1884 masterpiece The Wild Duck, Henrik Ibsen centred a play around the kind of lies that are so fundamental we all but absorb them into our bloodstream. He called them “life-lies.” It could be something we know is not true but need to believe anyway. It could be something we have never even dared question. The point of it is that a life-lie can either destroy our happiness or guarantee our basic identity. The hard part is determining which it will be.

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