Brexit in the Context of British History

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How should Brexit be seen against the broad backdrop of British history?

  • Patrick Cockburn
  • CounterPunch

Analogies multiply, with the crudest coming from prominent Brexiteer MP Mark Francois who denounced the head of Airbus for writing a letter stressing the negative economic impact for Britain of leaving the EU.

Francois claimed that this was yet one more example of teutonic arrogance, adding pugnaciously, “My father, Reginald Francois, was a D-Day veteran. He never submitted to bullying by any German. Neither will his son.”

With this, he tore up the letter in front of the television cameras. The puerile bombast that…

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