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Saving Britain: How We Must Change to Prosper in Europe

by Andrew Adonis and Will Hutton (Abacus, £8.99)

A common problem with arguments in favour of continued British membership of the European Union is that they often ignore the underlying causes of the Brexit vote: the disenchantment and regional disparities that made people feel they really needed a change. The biggest strength of Saving Britain, written by peer Andrew Adonis and former Observer editor Will Hutton, both fierce pro-Europeans, is that it avoids falling into this trap. It engages seriously with the underlying factors behind the referendum result and recognises that a simple reversal of the Leave decision would not be sufficient to solve Britain’s current woes.

As you might expect, Adonis and Hutton believe that departure from Europe is folly, and they painstakingly take apart the arguments for exit. Trading benefits will be illusory; our clout on the world stage diminished. Crucially, more power concentrated in Westminster will not translate into more power for deprived British regions.

Simply remaining is not enough though; radical reform is needed on education, infrastructure and the world of work. In fact the whole British economy needs restructuring to give ordinary people more of a stake. The programme offered by Adonis and Hutton is immensely wide-ranging, with devolution and immigration also given serious attention.

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In Prospect's September issue: Twenty-five years after the Oslo Accords, Israeli politician and former Knesset speaker Avraham Burg and journalist Donald Macintyre explore how the idea of a two-state solution to the Israel/Palestine conflict has diminished, with Burg arguing that a one-state solution is the only way forward. Jane Martinson visited the offices of the UK’s biggest-selling newspaper—Metro—to find out how it has risen to the top. Adam Tooze charts the ups and downs of the euro and argues that decisions made by the ECB have hampered the currency during its first 20 years in existence. Elsewhere in the issue: Michael Blastland suggests that early diagnosis isn’t all it’s made out to be and that many people have endured unnecessary suffering in an attempt to live longer. Wendy Ide examines the life and work of director David Lynch as she reviews his new memoir, which offers a glimpse behind the curtain.
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