Now to Stride into the Sunlight

Ian Jack

  • What Next: How to Get the Best from Brexit by Daniel Hannan
    Head of Zeus, 298 pp, £9.99, November 2016, ISBN 978 1 78669 193 4
  • The Bad Boys of Brexit: Tales of Mischief, Mayhem & Guerrilla Warfare in the EU Referendum Campaign by Arron Banks
    Biteback, 354 pp, £9.99, June 2017, ISBN 978 1 78590 205 5
  • All Out War: The Full Story of How Brexit Sank Britain’s Political Class by Tim Shipman
    William Collins, 688 pp, £9.99, June 2017, ISBN 978 0 00 821517 0

How do we feel about Brexit now that a year has passed? As the old advert for tonic wine used to ask, above a drawing of a housewife with her head in her hands: Tired? Depressed? Anxious? No other public event in my lifetime has had such an invasive and lowering personal effect – in memory, the Cuban Missile Crisis came and went almost before you could say ‘Armageddon’. The visionary glint in the victors’ eyes just adds to our losers’ despair. ‘After 43 years, we have pushed the door ajar,’ the Tory MEP Daniel Hannan writes dreamily. ‘A rectangle of light dazzles us and, as our eyes adjust, we see a summer meadow. Swallows swoop against the blue sky. We hear the gurgling of a little brook. Now to stride into the sunlight.’

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