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The EU isn’t holding Britain back—domestic government policy is

From weak trade performance to low business investment, Britain’s shortcomings are its own doing

By Simon Tilford  

Foreign Secretary and leading Brexiter Boris Johnson. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/PA Images

For Britain’s Eurosceptics, there are few problems that will not be solved by leaving the European Union.

Boris Johnson says that it is only “by taking control of our laws that UK entrepreneurs can innovate” and that Brexit is an opportunity “to build a truly global Britain.” Michael Gove, another leading Brexiter, demands that Britain must make a clean break with the EU or risk becoming an outdated “VHS economy.” They see Brexit as a liberation, a…

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