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When will Brexiteers learn? There is no EU alumni club

Britain will not enjoy special privileges just because it was once a member 

By Christopher Grey  

Boris Johnson is among the most high-profile Brexiteers. Photo: Victoria Jones/PA Wire/PA Images

It has become a truism that Brexit is characterised by attempts to cherry pick aspects of European Union membership, to the extent that “cakeism” has been elevated from feeble joke to national strategy. What underlies this strategy is not merely opportunism, though, but a fundamental misunderstanding to the effect that having been a member of the EU means that some special status is available to Britain.

Thus rather than face the reality that leaving the EU means being third country,…

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