A clear-eyed, hard-hitting look at the real costs of Brexit from the Financial Times public policy editor
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Six years after Brexit, it can feel like we’re still having the same conversations.
This is the explainer we need to move on.
And we do need to move on, because in the meantime so much has changed. The economic realities that are making the UK less competitive, less productive and less well-off are ever more obvious – and more and more people are finding out the Brexit they were sold was based on falsehoods and fantasy.
So what exactly went wrong with Brexit?
In this book, Peter Foster dispels the myths and, most importantly, shows what a better future for Britain after Brexit might look like. With clear-headed practicality, he considers the real costs of leaving the EU, how we can recover international trust in the UK, how to improve cooperation and trade with our neighbours, and how to begin to build the Global Britain that Brexit promised but failed to deliver.
The politicians won’t talk about it, so we need to.
“A brilliant guide through Brexit’s complexities”
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“Coolly, meticulously, Foster builds his case. [ … ] It is journalism at its best, wedding a determination to explain complex issues to a wider audience clearly with well-founded anger”
“A fresh view on botched Brexit … I agree with almost every word of Foster’s book”
“Peter Foster’s sober assessment, based on the forensic and methodical reporting for which he has become renowned […], is delivered with convincing and riveting detail in this tightly-argued book”
“Everyone should read this book. And then read it again and memorise it. Clear headed, unemotional, fact-rich - a definitive account of the economic damage we have self-inflicted and, crucially, the recipe for how we can start to mitigate it to get the country working again”
Peter Foster is the public policy editor of the Financial Times, where he covers all aspects of UK policy, including the implementation of Brexit. Prior to that, he held the position of Europe editor at the Telegraph, focusing on the Brexit negotiations, and has more than two decades of experience covering global affairs. What Went Wrong With Brexit is his first book.