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Five years on: the referendum reconsidered

Boris Johnson boarded his bus as a power ploy, but it careered out of control. Britain won’t be safe until it changes direction

By Andrew Adonis  

Photo: George Cracknell Wright / Alamy Stock Photo

As the fifth anniversary of the 2016 referendum approaches, the bereavement of Brexit is worse even than then. At least then, like the patient given a dire prognosis, there was hope that the treatment would mitigate the disease and the whole thing might turn out a bad dream. Now we just have the calamitous reality of the divorce from our own continent, day after day. 

It is defeatistly fashionable, even among some of my friends, to say that we have to make Brexit work, not to seek to reverse it. Focus, they say, on mitigating a few bits…

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