Attacking Brussels for ‘intransigence’ shows how deluded Leavers are about their ability to strike a favourable deal.

On Easter Island in the South Pacific, hundreds of vast stone heads each weighing around 12 tonnes gaze into the distance, keeping their secrets about how they got there. One theory goes that the Rapa Nui people cut down all their trees in order to move the monuments into place, thus destroying their fertile land and the wood to build fishing canoes, leading to food shortages, internecine warfare, cannibalism and the destruction of their own civilisation. If true, the felling of Easter Island’s trees is perhaps the only act of self-sabotage in history that rivals Brexit.

In two short years we have gone from one of the fastest growing nations in the G7 to one of the slowest; from respected global player to source.

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