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“Brexit, for all its ills, has reinvigorated British democracy” – Cambridge Union address, 8 NOV 2019

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[embedded content] Last Friday (8th November 2019), I delivered a Cambridge Union address on (what else?) Brexit. My opening message was: “Instead of moaning about the state of British institutions, rejoice! For all its many ills, Brexit has reinvigorated British democracy.” Unlike most continental European parliaments, the House of Commons remains at the heart of decision making and, to boot, the British public are heavily engaged in a much needed re-assessment of Britain’s constitution and socio-economic model. The downside, of course, is the toxicity of the debate and the chasm between Remainers and Leavers. Beginning with an historical explanation of the deeper causes of British

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