BoM July 2017

Progressive Pulse’s Book of the month for July is “BREXIT: What the Hell Happens Now” by Ian Dunt. Britain’s departure from the European Union is filled with propaganda and myth but the risks are very real. Brexit could lower our global status, diminish our quality of life, and throw our legal system into turmoil.

With the help of constitutional and trade experts, Ian Dunt, editor of, explains why exiting the EU is likely to:

  • make the UK poorer
  • leave industries like pharmaceuticals and finance struggling to operate
  • threatens to break up the United Kingdom

The book deals with the trade and legal cliff edge that Britain will face unless it can secure a transitional deal with the European Union, why the odds are stacked against the UK government in its negotiations with Brussels, and how the World Trade Organisation (WTO) is not the cure to leaving the EU that the Brexiters believe.

This is the first full public exploration of Brexit, stripped of the wishful thinking of its supporters in the media and Parliament. It is the real picture of a country about to undergo a sharp and self-inflicted isolation. This book is for people who still believe in evidence and in experts.


  1. David Howdle -

    I have to say that I’m not convinced that the break up of the UK is a “threat”. The UK is way past it’s sell by date. Leaving the UK would be good for Scotland I believe. And it might even be good for England/Wales. The rUK could, in that event, hardly continue to pretend to be a world power and would have to hunker down and get on with (re)building its economy as an ordinary medium sized country.

    1. Sean Danaher -

      you are not on your own. I am most interested in good governance and my verdict on how well the UK has been run for the past 40 years would be pretty damning, particularly under the Torys. My only worry is that if Scotland leaves the rUK could be pretty unbearable and as I’ve said before I would like Scotland to return to its historic Hadrian’s wall boundary so it included Northumberland.

  2. Richard Murphy -

    If Northumbria is in I’m north of Hadrian’s Wall in a shot

    Just deciding where: I love the county

  3. David Howdle -

    You’d be welcome in Scotland chaps, even without a change of boundary – which seems unlikely.
    By the way, thank you both (and the others) for your most interesting blogs. I’ve become, to my surprise, interested in economics and tax!

  4. George S Gordon -

    I note Ian Dunt’s comment on Twitter that he hates discussions about Brexit and Scexit being labelled as divisive; after all, politics is divisive. I might put it slightly differently – if they were not divisive, they wouldn’t exist.

    Those who promote the idea that division is bad have argued that Scexit is more divisive because the Union has existed for much longer than the UK’s membership of the EU. The Referendum votes in 2014 (Leave lost 45:55) and 2016 (Leave won 52:48) were, albeit in different directions, rather close. This suggests a similar degree of division.

    Being in the Leave camp for Scexit and the Remain camp for Brexit seems to me to be an entirely logical (if divisive) position –

    1) The Union was only formed because a bunch of Scottish nobles were bribed. Devolution has not provided Scotland with the necessary tools to improve its economy (despite the protestations of the opposition parties at Holyrood).

    2) The EU was entered voluntarily, and improved the UK economy. Leaving will very likely be an economic disaster.

    There are of course many other reasons to be simultaneously a Leaver & Remainer.

    1. Sean Danaher -

      Hi George
      I am by no means endorsing all of Ian Dunt’s views; the book is a good summary of the current Brexit situation, but other of his views I would disagree with. My view is that Brexit is the most divisive issue issue in the UK I have seen in my lifetime, my view is to remain in the EU and reform. I think leaving the EU is madness, driven in a large part by resurgent English nationalism.

      1) The Irish Union in 1801 also came about by bribery in the Irish parliament; seems that the methods used by the English ruling class don’t change much. I visit Scotland regularly and have many Scottish friends. If I were a Scot I would vote for independence but living in England I worry that the Tory grip will get even stronger south of the border should Scotland leave.

      2) Leaving the EU indeed will likely be a disaster and not just economically. It could be catastrophic for Northern Ireland.

      So agreed. I hope an independent Scottish state will do all they can to invite the Scottish diaspora in Northern Ireland back home. I don’t think they would like a United Ireland and I’m sure many of these DUP voting folk are thoroughly decent people!

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