The Brexit fanatics go for broke. This is their chance of counter-revolution | Nick Cohen

No compromise may look crazy to many, but the hard-Brexiters’ aim is to cause chaos

Like revolutions, counter-revolutions abhor compromise. “Citizens,” cried Maximilien Robespierre in 1792, as he prepared the French for a reign of terror, “did you want a revolution without revolution?” Tories should be “unafraid to go forward without an agreement”, echoed Steve Baker, the Robespierre of the English right. We cannot tolerate “a half-in, half-out Brexit”.

Boris Johnson agreed. All that is needed to make his impossible promises possible was a Riefenstahlian triumph of the will. “Go in bloody hard”, cause “all sorts of breakdowns, all sorts of chaos”, said Johnson and the purifying fire would consume the EU’s resistance.

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