Blog: Brexit has grown sectarian: it’s time for peace – The Times

There is an irony in bitter arguments over Brexit becoming so sectarian that the debate increasingly resembles old politics in Northern Ireland. Not only is the main sticking point in Britain’s relationship with the European Union the Northern Ireland protocol, which gives Brussels oversight of trading relations with that part of the United Kingdom. The two sides in the Brexit wars, which rumble on, increasingly resemble the hardest hardliners on either side in Northern Ireland.

At Westminster, the conversation about the EU is still too often dominated by those on the extremes, a point demonstrated when a cabinet minister mused to The Sunday Times that the way to improve things is to be like Switzerland. The canny Swiss are not in the EU yet have

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