Britain and Europe in a Troubled World: A wise guide to Brexit

Book review: Paschal Donohoe on a slim, elegant book about a conflicted relationship

That fateful Brexit vote has led to a publishing boom on the topic. Photograph: Getty Images

That fateful Brexit vote has led to a publishing boom on the topic. Photograph: Getty Images

I will never forget the moment I realised that the United Kingdom would vote for Brexit. It was in Newcastle upon Tyne, where I was speaking at a public meeting organised for the Irish community. An attendee opened up his contribution by saying that he had left Northern Ireland after a bomb was discovered under his car. He went on to praise the peace process. I assumed that this would alert him to the risks of Brexit for Northern Ireland, and would lead to a Remain vote.

How wrong I was.

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