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Three years later, the only route out of Brexit is through the people

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It has been three years since the referendum on Britain leaving the European Union, and they have not been happy ones – whatever one’s views as to the issue itself. The central lessons of the past three years have been to show how difficult the UK’s relationship with Europe is for British politics and the British people, and that having a referendum is no magic solution to those difficulties. Indeed the referendum, by sharpening divisions, has made matters worse. Far from bringing people together, it has sadly increased the tensions in society.

For both major parties, it has been a period of anguish, though the difficulties have inevitably been more evident on the Tory side. It was one Conservative prime minister that called the referendum, another that failed to implement its narrowly determined result, and now a third Tory........

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