The point of departure: Brexit and beyond

Britain needs a new narrative to reunite the country, but it could face more fragmentation

In the Brexit saga, where many untruths have been told, nothing speaks more clearly than the official photo marking the second day of negotiations between the British and EU delegations in Brussels.

On the British side is an all-male trio: Mr David Davis, the former SAS reservist and longtime eurosceptic bruiser elevated to the Cabinet as Brexit secretary after the 2016 referendum. He is grinning broadly alongside Mr Olly Robbins, his chief civil servant, and Mr Tim Barrow, permanent representative to the European Union. (Mr Robbins later took charge of the talks, only to be vilified by hardline Conservatives for selling out his country. He will shortly join Goldman Sachs.)

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on November 10, 2019, with the headline 'The point of departure: Brexit and beyond'. Subscribe