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Of course, I won’t be holding my breath, not least because Brexit is threatening to take all the oxygen out of politics for some years as long-term deals are negotiated with the EU and countless other bodies, and all the wrinkles of transition are ironed out. But there is a more pressing concern, one that is growing by the day.
In an interview reported in The Daily Telegraph just before the referendum, the psychologist and Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman said that “The major impression one gets observing the debate is that the reasons for exit are clearly emotional.” Kahneman, a Jew who survived the Nazis, added grimly that the risk was that the British people will lash out later at scapegoats if EU withdrawal proves to be a disastrous error. “They won’t regret it,” he said, “because regret is rare. They’ll find a way to explain what happened and blame somebody. That is the general pattern when things go wrong and people are afraid.”