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The case for staying in Europe


The referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union has hardly had the effect David Cameron intended. It has split not just the Conservative party (see Rachel Sylvester, p20, on whether this is terminal) but the country (see Peter Kellner, p17). True, not the “Westminster elite,” nor the ranks of many leading economists (see Anatole Kaletsky, p15) nor CEOs of key businesses, who have overwhelmingly supported the “Remain” camp. But the strength of feeling in the country, about immigration and about sovereignty, does not always reach well to Westminster. It’s still there, however, hence at least one strand of polling which shows the country almost equally divided.

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In Prospect’s June issue: Bronwen Maddox lays out the case for Britain to stay in Europe—the position taken by the magazine. Mikhail Gorbachev explains his hopes for Russia, suggesting that the claim democracy is bad for Russia is “balderdash.” Rachel Sylvester looks at the Conservative Party and explores what might happen to the Tories after the EU referendum. Also in this issue: Nicholas Shaxson and Alex Cobham unpick the world of hidden money and what Britain can do about tax havens. Neil Kinnock argues that Labour isn’t making progress under Jeremy Corbyn and Jason Burke examines Islamic State and the networks that underpin their attacks. Plus Stephen Bayley asks was BritArt any good?