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Ignore Brexit myths of national decline—Britain’s open, diverse culture made it better than ever

Brexit was not a rejection of British decline, but of British success

By Ian Dunt  

The opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games was just one moment where Britain seemed to be at its best.

Martin Amis was on Radio 4’s Today programme this week, ostensibly to support Remain. He didn’t do a very good job of it. Brexit, he said, was above all “a denial of decline.” Britain had to stop thinking that it was “a weight on the world stage.”

It is incredibly tiresome to hear someone wallow in their country losing importance, especially when they’re phoning it in from their home in…

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