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Divisive politics hurts us all—we must fight for open, liberal thinking

From Donald Trump to the Tories' dogged pursual of a "hard Brexit," insular populism is winning. British liberals must fight to ensure our country remains tolerant and united

By Tim Farron  

Thousands of protesters take part in a March for Europe. Photo: PA

This past year has not been a particularly good time to be a liberal. First, there was Brexit. And then, if you thought it couldn’t get any worse, last November saw the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States.

As I said at the time of Trump’s election, “Liberal values of moderation, freedom, respect for the rule of law, openness and concern for one another can no longer be taken for granted. In the…

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