The mastermind behind Britain's Brexit chaos

One of the rare occasions on which I've encountered Mr Dominic Cummings, who may be the most important man in Britain right now, was at a private political dinner in 2016, just after the plan to hold a referendum on Britain's membership in the European Union had been announced.

Mr Cummings, who a few years earlier had been a political adviser at the Education Ministry, had been invited to outline the argument that the Brexiters would be making; a counterpart from the fledgling Remain campaign was there to present his.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 10, 2019, with the headline 'The mastermind behind Britain's Brexit chaos'. Print Edition | Subscribe