This is a very good piece from @lewis_goodall but a conclusion might be that since doing Brexit, however it's done, or not doing it, will all lead to a populist backlash then we might as well avoid the damage of doing it since we're going to get the backlash anyway
More than that - once we cut loose we lose the instiutional anchor of the EU's restrictions. Meaning any surge of populist feeling gets manifest more in actual policies.
Sovereignty means no longer being able to blame the other for not fully representing views of the base in policy platform
The piece itself being an example of the underlying problem I can get on board with. But precisely this lack of self-awareness is what makes me critique its content. It is, arguably, paving way to the same "but we have to address these people's concerns" space we have worried abt
Not correct in the stakes it sets out since we've seen some evidence of the relative size of the "revolt" in the London marches. So even if it's a pervasive narrative, I don't think accepting the terms of debate as correct makes sense to me.
Happy to say "this is a BFD of how people are trying to bounce us into acceptance with mix of fear of backlash, faux admiration for tactical genius of our opponent, & crude political triangulation" w/out ceding an inch tht the analysis itself is anything other than rank hyperbole
precisely. the actual reality of the threat matters less than how the perception of it affects outcomes and the article is evidence of it IMO, even if involuntary