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Brace yourselves for a fuss about ‘Polexit’ – but it’s an exaggeration, for now at least

John Downing


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EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen welcomes Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki as he arrives for a bilateral meeting in Brussels, Belgium, July 13, 2021. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol/Pool/File Photo

EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen welcomes Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki as he arrives for a bilateral meeting in Brussels, Belgium, July 13, 2021. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol/Pool/File Photo

EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen welcomes Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki as he arrives for a bilateral meeting in Brussels, Belgium, July 13, 2021. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol/Pool/File Photo

Even if you could somehow strip out the horrific implications, “Brexit” is still a very ugly word. But sometimes ugly words become common coinage and there is little the rest of us can do.

In the febrile atmosphere which followed the UK voters’ decision in late June 2016 to leave the EU, there was a strange kick-the-cat atmosphere abroad in the western political world. It gave us an entity called President Donald Trump in the USA – but happily fewer threatened horrors came to fruition nearer home.


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