John Harris

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Brexit is clearly a terrible idea. But it has to happen | John Harris

Those who still hope to stop us leaving the EU need to think harder about the repercussions: the politics of the referendum period could come roaring back

• John Harris is a Guardian columnist

Social media is awash with it. In a certain kind of company, conversation inevitably turns to it. Now, even senior broadcast journalists hint that it might be possible, triggering great surges of online excitement. Barely a year after the EU referendum and only three months since the Daily Mail’s triumphal “Crush the saboteurs” front page, you can almost smell it: a rising expectation that the nightmare of leaving the EU might somehow be averted, allowing the country to return to some kind of normal.

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