Scott of the Antarctic, the Light Brigade, Gordon of Khartoum: the British have long enjoyed portraying themselves as plucky underdogs in noble pursuit of a lost cause. There may be no cause more hopeless than Brexit – less a process than a sort of quicksand in which an entire nation has become progressively mired – and yet half the nation, and many of its politicians, remain doggedly committed to the cause. How did this happen? When did failure slip from pastime to national obsession?

Fintan O’Toole, journalist and author of the bestselling Heroic Failure, picks through the wreckage of Brexit, exploring the rise of English nationalism, and considering the potential consequences for Ireland, the border, and peace.

a quite brilliant dissection of the cultural roots of the Brexit narrative Ed Milliband