John Harris

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Irrational, unhinged, gullible? No, the many who want Britain out of Europe deserve to be listened to | John Harris

Huge swaths of the country have had rapid social change imposed on them because of the EU. Their response is logical

The EU referendum is announced, and less than a year after its humiliation at the last general election, the dismal science of opinion polling is back. A YouGov survey in Wednesday’s Times, for instance, led off with news that, once the all-important don’t-knows had been excluded, 51% of its respondents wanted out, while 49% favoured staying in. Some 26% said David Cameron had got Britain “a good deal”, but 35% thought the opposite.

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Most of my beliefs on Europe are as awash with emotional factors and shaky optimism as anyone else’s

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