How did you go bankrupt, asks a character in the Hemingway novel The Sun Also Rises. Two ways, comes the reply: "Gradually, and then suddenly." Gradually and suddenly is the story of Brexit.
The 2016 vote to quit the European Union has drained Britain of energy, purpose and global influence. It happened gradually. Many people have not noticed. Now, suddenly, the end is in view. It may well turn out to be something worse than bankruptcy.