Is Brexit done for?
Why the current cross-party consensus on Britain remaining outside of the EU, is unlikely to endure.
Have we reached a tipping point on Brexit? That was one of the questions put to me by subscriber Adrian Webster during our first ever Substack chat thread this morning.
As it happens I’d been thinking about this ever since attending a briefing with the pollster John Curtice earlier this week.
Speaking inside Parliament, Curtice suggested that the apparent unwillingness of either of the two major parties to even debate the question of Britain’s future relationship with Europe, may no longer be sustainable.
“My own personal view… is that it looks as though the vote in the 2016 referendum is going to be as unsuccessful as the 1975 referendum in proving to be a permanent settlement of this debate,” Curtice said.
So is he right? Will the current political consensus, shared by both Rishi Sunak and Keir Starmer, on refusing to even talk about the downsides of Brexit, soon fall apart?
Here’s why I’m starting to think that it will.
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