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Brexit may break Britain’s Tory party (Financial Times)

on Thu Apr 21, 2016 2:07 am
The Leave campaign has opted for invective over rational argument.

Leadership of Britain’s Labour party passed last year into the hands of the dinosaurs. The fight over Britain’s place in Europe threatens David Cameron’s Conservative party with a similar fate. Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, is a revolutionary socialist whose worldview calcified during the 1970s. The Tory Brexiteers who want to sunder the nation’s ties with Brussels are reaching back further to an English nationalism that imagined that nothing need change after the sun set on empire.

When three years ago the prime minister bowed to the Eurosceptic clamour for a referendum on EU membership, he persuaded himself that the vote would heal the deep Tory division over EU membership. The country would have its debate, the people would back the status quo and, fine patriots as they are, Conservatives would unite around the outcome. This was always a delusion, but the ferocity of the campaign has surprised even those who always took a more realistic view..............

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