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The right has always accused the left of being “impractical”—so what’s Brexit?

Having spent decades deriding the left’s impracticality, the right are now falling into the same trap as Britain prepares to leave the EU

By Ido Vock  

The Brexit flotilla moves up the Thames. But how has Brexit so radically failed the "practicality" test? Photo: PA

When the Channel Tunnel opened in 1994, Le Figaro’s splash lauded “the end of British insularity.” So much for that. In retrospect, the Queen’s speech for the occasion was a more accurate reading of the British national ethos, measuredly paying tribute to the project as a successful marriage between “French élan and British pragmatism.”

The British right is very good at appealing to the national perception of ourselves as a level-headed,…

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