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Could this psychological theory explain why we’ll never let Brexit go?

The small margin of the referendum result doesn't only make changing the result seem possible. It also encourages what psychologists call "counterfactual thinking"

By Rik Worth  

Undated photo of a remain protester demonstrating their allegiance with headwear on College Green in Westminster, London. Photo: PA

Since the results of the Brexit referendum hostility between Leavers and Remainers hasn’t just lingered—it’s gotten worse. The Leave camp sees any democratic process that slows down our approach to the big day as a deliberate scheme to abandon the process entirely. The Remain faction, however, warns of a foolish and poorly-planned one-way trip to geopolitical oblivion.

This isn’t just a case of weighing up what it would practically take…

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