With the UK entry in Lisbon this weekend unlikely to go with a boom-bang-a-bang, Roy Delaney investigates the reasons behind Britain’s malaise and wonders whether the country can transform its fortunes
Did you spot the Canadian angle on the British government’s latest Cunning Plan, the one intended to make good Theresa May’s pledge to leave the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice on Brexit Day without doing serious “no deal” harm to the economy?
The Norway model – of life outside the EU – is one that excites many Brexiteers, and comforts many Remainers. But here, Anne Elizabeth Stie and Jarle Trondal, two of the country’s leading political experts, explain why the Nordic nation is on a path that may satisfy neither side – one that relegates its politicians to lobbyists and puts the bureaucrats in control.
As an ardent Remainer, I was convinced, like the pollsters, pundits and bookies, the vote was in the bag. All residual traces of flat-Earthism had surely been erased four years ago when the London Olympics confirmed that a modern, vibrant, outward-looking, post-cool Britannia was here to stay. Danny Boyle’s brilliant opening ceremony was unashamedly patriotic – the patriotism of Shakespeare, the industrial revolution, the NHS, the Beatles and, well, Mr Bean – but also, like the Games themselves, an ebullient hymn to an open, progressive, inclusive multi-racial society entirely at ease with itself.