Canongate has signed What Went Wrong with Brexit? by Financial Times public policy editor Peter Foster.
Simon Thorogood, editorial director, acquired world rights and Canongate will publish in hardback, e-book and audio in September 2023, with a paperback to follow in 2024.
It is described by the publisher as “a clear-eyed, hard-hitting look at the real costs of Brexit”, exploring the fallout and laying out options for the road ahead.
The publisher synopsis reads: “The reality is that the global Britain we have been promised has not been delivered […] What has really happened? What are the options going forward? These are the questions Peter Foster answers in What Went Wrong with Brexit.”
Thorogood said: “Every day in the news it is apparent that the political class is refusing to face the true costs and consequences of Brexit. This book is a reckoning with the reality of where we find ourselves as a country and where we might go next.”
Foster is the public policy editor of the Financial Times, and before joining in 2020, was Europe editor at the Telegraph, where he focused on the Brexit negotiations. He has over two decades of experience covering global affairs, and What Went Wrong with Brexit? is his first book.
He said: “Brexit caused six years of rancour in British politics and society, but opinion polls now suggest the public mood on Brexit is shifting. The prospect of a new government looms in 2024. The EU-UK trade deal is up for review after 2025.
“A natural space is therefore opening up for a new conversation about what Brexit means for Britain – to which this book aims to make a modest contribution. If the politicians won’t talk about it, then we need to.”