When Americans want to understand Brexit, it’s clear Britain is in trouble

I have been asked to do a lot of Brexitsplaining over the past two and a half years in New York. I find it incredibly uncomfortable

How do you explain Brexit to Americans? In a way that doesn’t make the UK look like a complete joke, I mean. In a way that suggests the country retains a modicum of dignity.

That is not a rhetorical question; I would really like to know. You see, as a Briton living in the US, I have found myself being asked to do a lot of impromptu Brexitsplaining over the past two and a half years. I will be at a party, or getting coffee, or walking the dog, and someone will clock my accent. “Oh!” they exclaim. “You’re English? What is going on over there? Have you Brexited yet? Do you still have a prime minister? Is it true your politicians are macing each other?”

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