The central Brexit problem: both Leavers and Remainers are stuck in campaign mode

Both camps prefer simple slogans to concrete proposals

By Pawel Swidlicki  

Arch-Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/PA Images

It is now well over two years since Britain voted to leave the European Union but despite the huge political volatility that the result unleashed, for the most part the debate about how to proceed remains stuck, unable to move meaningfully beyond the rhetoric of the referendum campaign. On the whole, neither side has demonstrated that it is willing to grasp the unpalatable trade-offs inherent in Brexit, and instead these are wished away. This in turn has exacerbated what would…

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