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This Brexit disaster has been brewing in the Conservative party for 30 years | John Harris

Margaret Thatcher helped turn the Tory right into a force for instability – and now we are all living with the consequences

What a strange, head-spinning moment this is. The news is awash with reports of queues at the ports, the stockpiling of food and medicines and a government committee charged with “exit operations”, but the plain political fact that sits under everything is in a surreal league of its own. Amid an unprecedented pandemic that blurs into an equally unprecedented economic and social crisis, Britain has a government more than prepared to take the deranged option of inflicting even more disaster on its own country. Everything remains uncertain; both sides say the chances of a trade deal remain slim.

As a reminder of the stupidity and arrogance that got us into this mess, the Conservatives and their cheerleaders in the press are inevitably blaming the supposedly vengeful Europeans. Of late, some people have even been heard alleging that some of the responsibility lies with remainers who refused to back a softer Brexit in parliament. The truth, of course, is that leaving the EU in this chaotic way is the work of the pro-Brexit right: not the result of other people’s failings, but its own conscious designs.

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