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History shows that the Brexit ultras always demand more—they will never be satisfied

If you give someone an inch, they’ll take a mile. What happens if you give them a country?

By Jonathan Lis  

Hardline Eurosceptic Jacob Rees-Mogg. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire/PA Images

Brexit has claimed many scalps over the course of its unhappy two-year rule: not least the traditional British pursuits of liberalism, internationalism and a decent reputation. But it seems that the British value most despised by the hardline Brexiteers, and therefore one of the first to be condemned, is compromise. No matter how many carrots, concessions or victories the prime minister drops into their outstretched hands, these flag-waving Mick Jaggers just can’t get satisfaction.

The last 30 years have…

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