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20 March 2019

State of emergency

David Hare, Elif Shafak, Jonathan Coe and other New Statesman contributing writers examine the roots of our Brexit crisis – and how we might overcome it.

By New Statesman

A government in chaos. A crumbling social contract. A Brexit without end. In this symposium, our contributors explore how a country renowned for its diplomacy and pragmatism became a byword for political disorder.

“On Brexit, we’re feeling the aftershocks of earthquakes that happened years ago”, by David Hare

“The UK is learning that like everything else in this life, democracies can die”, by Elif Shafak

“How a second Thatcherite revolution could follow this Brexit crisis”, by David Miliband

“Brexit shows Britain is no longer able to imagine a ‘common good’”, by Rowan Williams

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“The Brexit referendum tells the story of the radicalisation of Middle England”, by Jonathan Coe

“We risk enshrining the sovereignty of one moment: 23 June 2016”, by Colin Kidd

“Britain must revoke Article 50 and take back control from the EU”, by Paul Collier

“For too long wealth and power has been concentrated in our cities”, by Rachel Reeves

“The UK needs an economic and constitutional revolution”, by Yanis Varoufakis