“As for saying there’s going to be no free lunch for Britain, we paid so much into the EU budget over the years, we pretty much bought the damned restaurant.”
- Iain Duncan Smith, February 2017.
The shift in sentiment has been profound. On 24th June 2016, Martin Wolf, the chief economics commentator for the Financial Times, wrote, in the immediate aftermath of the Brexit referendum, that
“Europe has lost its second-biggest and most outward-looking power. The hinge between the EU and the English-speaking powers has been snapped. This is probably the most disastrous single event in British history since the second world war.”
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