Stephen Collins: Brexit is no excuse for bashing the British

Irish sneering at UK’s nervous breakdown is offensive and counter-productive

 Conservative MP and chair of the European Research Group  Jacob Rees-Mogg: hopefully good relations between Ireland and the UK will relegate him to the margins of history. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas

Conservative MP and chair of the European Research Group Jacob Rees-Mogg: hopefully good relations between Ireland and the UK will relegate him to the margins of history. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas

Brexit is the most compelling political drama of our age not only because the consequences will be with us for generations but because nobody knows what the next act in the coming weeks is going to bring us, never mind what the final scene will be.

Most political crises involve the fate of political parties or leading politicians and follow certain generally accepted rules of engagement which have little direct bearing on the lives of ordinary people, but the outcome of this one will affect the lives of more than 60 million people in a direct fashion.

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