Bobby McDonagh: Brexit is not going well

It is difficult to identify a single significant practical benefit of Brexit

Many Brexit ‘triumphs’ claimed by the Johnson government would have been entirely compatible with the UK’s continued membership of the EU. Photograph: Hollie Adams/ Bloomberg

Many Brexit ‘triumphs’ claimed by the Johnson government would have been entirely compatible with the UK’s continued membership of the EU. Photograph: Hollie Adams/ Bloomberg

A recent YouGov poll found that 53 per cent of the British public think Brexit is going badly. A mere 18 per cent believe it is going well. The British people are remarkably astute given that the majority of MPs, as well as great swathes of the British media, are in denial.

Brexit, like TS Eliot’s Macavity, continues to be something of a Mystery Cat. The Johnson government’s policy agenda for implementing and celebrating the restoration of the UK’s so-called “freedom” falls into two broad categories.

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