Magazine
Latest Issue

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,…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to letters@prospect-magazine.co.uk

More From Prospect