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The truth is that Brexit is happening whether we like it or not

The practical and legal obstacles to a second referendum cannot be overcome, says a former Lord Justice of Appeal

By Richard Aikens  

The People's Vote march in London. Photo: Ollie Millington / Rmv/Zuma Press/PA Images

WB Yeats’s poem seems appropriate on Brexit at present: “things fall apart; the centre cannot hold/……The best lack all conviction, whilst the worst/Are full of passionate intensity.” One organisation called “People’s Vote” has widely campaigned for a second referendum on Brexit. The aim appears to be to have another referendum containing the question: do you wish the UK to remain in the EU? It hopes for a different result from the 2016 referendum; a second coming. It assumes that the European Court of…

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