Six years since the Brexit vote, and the benefits are nowhere to be seen

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They say the darkest hour is just before sunrise. But if it is a false dawn, perhaps the darkest hour is just after.

When the UK left the EU on January 31, 2020, Boris Johnson praised “the beginning of a new era”. More than two years later, the UK is exhausted, disrespected and discredited. It’s a cautionary tale – a nation adrift and bereft where every political principle has been sacrificed on the altar of Brexit assimilation by a government trying to deliver on unfair promises made by people who never really understood what they promised. Or if they did, they’d have their fingers crossed tightly behind their backs.

Johnson has said he did Brexit. But six years after the referendum, the UK is on the brink of a legal battle with Brussels, if not a full-blown trade war, as the economy grinds to a halt as wages stagnate, prices spiral, farmers and fishermen despair, and small companies throw in the towel, defeated by piles of bureaucracy.

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