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How the populist nationalists hijacked Brexit

At its core, Brexit is about bureaucracy—so how did it become a referendum on national feeling?

By Jason Reed  

The complicated effects of Brexit on the British electorate could mean the Brexit party help put Labour in government. Photo: PA

Legend has it, many centuries ago, ancient forms of discourse existed in which it was possible to discuss British politics without mentioning the EU. In this Brexit-free land of policy milk and honey, the tales tell, right-wing populism was unheard of, the single market was the preserve of dating sites and people in the political sphere spent their time mulling over domestic policy issues such as taxation and public services.

The sheer scale of our current predicament…

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