Brexiteers and Remainers will never make peace. So there’s only one thing for it

Would everyone be happier if Remainers left to form their own country? Credit: EPA/ANDY RAIN

Last year Theresa May insisted that the nation was “coming together” on Brexit. She was, of course, spectacularly wrong. Britain remains horribly divided, and the two sides are only growing further apart. We have become warring tribes, with distinct identities and values. Social conservatives versus social liberals. Provincials versus metropolitans. Or, as the author David Goodhart has put it, “Somewheres” versus “Anywheres”.

Even on the most trivial subjects we disagree. Only yesterday, a survey by YouGov reported on the latest battleground: the sitcom Mrs Brown’s Boys. Apparently, Leave voters love it (proper, old-fashioned, un-PC belly laughs), while Remainers hate it (tripe for thickos). A previous survey asked people for their favourite “brands”. Leave voters suggested HP Sauce, Bisto, PG Tips (traditional, familiar, British). Remain voters suggested Instagram, Spotify, Airbnb (trendy,...

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