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The strange death of libertarian England

Dreams of a small-state nirvana after Brexit have been crushed by a collision with reality

By Guy de Jonquières  

Talbot/Bobbs-Merrill Company

Shortly after the EU referendum, I spoke to someone who had just quit a leading Brexit-supporting think tank. The reason, I was told, was that it had been taken over by devotees of Ayn Rand, who thought a weakened Britain outside the EU the ideal place in which to bulldoze established laws and institutions and build from scratch the libertarian paradise envisaged by their idol.

Though that ambition may appear extreme, the belief that Brexit offers a historic opportunity…

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