What could Brexit mean for the UK's farmers?

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If Brexit means farmers cannot get the foreign workers they rely on, or it hits efficiency, could more production switch abroad?

"Lets go and see the celery rig," says John Shropshire.

I'm intrigued by the Mad Max-style vehicle I can see across the green fields. Green, that is, with celery. The smell of the stuff fills the air, crunches under foot, fills the view up to the horizon, from an ever-so-pastel, whiter shade of green to a green so deep it is almost black.

But I'll pause and do some explaining before we get to that celery rig.

This farm is in the Fens, one of the areas with one of the highest Leave votes in the country, though it's also not far from Cambridge, one of the highest Remain vote areas.

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What does 'Brexit means Brexit' mean?

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Is the new prime minister's slogan as firm and unambiguous as it first seems?

"Brexit means Brexit". "We are all Brexiters now."

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The new divide: Hard or soft Brexit?

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How might Brexit change the existing landscape of British politics, and how might the main political parties position themselves?

With the thunderous explosions from the referendum vote still ringing in our ears, Read my thoughts on the new battle lines being drawn up.

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Politics snagged on society's sharp divides

  • 30 June 2016
  • From the section Brexit
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Image caption Are there now two distinct tribes in the UK?

The referendum has carved our country into two camps, sharpened existing divisions, and created some new ones.

Scotland against England. Young versus old. Class against class.

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Brexit: The story of an island apart

  • 25 June 2016
  • From the section Magazine
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Our little archipelago of isles on the outer edges of a huge land mass has often thought of itself as rather special, even before it was the centre of an empire that changed the world.

As so often, Shakespeare put it best: "This precious stone set in the silver sea/ Which serves it in the office of a wall/ Or as a moat defensive to a house,/ Against the envy of less happier lands,/ This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England."

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Is the world turning its back on free trade?

  • 16 June 2016
  • From the section World
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Image caption Lord Randolph Churchill denounced free trade

Which politician has captured the curve, summed up a growing mood, in a ferocious speech?

"Your iron industry is dead, dead as mutton. Your coal industries, which depend greatly on the iron industries, are languishing. Your silk industry is dead, assassinated by the foreigner. Your woollen industry is in articulo mortis, gasping, struggling. Your cotton industry is seriously sick. Your shipbuilding industry, which held out longest, is come to a standstill."

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Will there be a general election before Christmas?

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Image caption Would David Cameron stand down if he lost the EU referendum?

We few, we very few, we merry band of brothers and sisters, have felt like pigs in the proverbial.

For those who delight in the electoral process, one delight has followed another - the local, regional and mayoral elections, all but a taster for the big event, the referendum.

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Germany conflicted on how to handle Brexit

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Image caption Seat of power: Politicians at the Reichstag are watching the debate closely

The head of the Berlin Stock Exchange, Artur Fischer, looks on happily as children run around and splash in the swimming pool at Berlin's international club.

Our talk of dark times when the city smouldered seem out of place on this sunny day amid the greenery and sounds of laughter.

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Ghost of Blair continues to haunt Labour

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Image caption Tony Blair: A jovial ghost?

Adam Lang, the fictional British Prime Minister in Robert Harris' novel The Ghost faces prosecution for war crimes in an international court.

Lang is not so much a thinly veiled portrait of Tony Blair as an explicitly, obviously exotic extension, with added warts and delusions, of our former prime minister.

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US election 2016: Can Trump surf a wave of discontent to top job?

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Could Donald Trump win, not just the Republican nomination, but the presidency itself?

The assumption is that Hillary Clinton will win: but I am not so sure.

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