Brexit is about English nationalism. It won’t be settled until we build a new English parliament, anywhere but London

Ben Flatman

Flailing politicians need to grasp the country’s need for a radically new constitutional and architectural settlement

Once a symbol of stability, Westminster is now reduced to a crumbling stage for Britain’s tawdry constitutional farce.

The sight of the literally crumbling Palace of Westminster cloaked in scaffolding is perhaps an appropriate visual metaphor for the UK’s current constitutional mess. This is the backdrop against which TV reports are filmed for news outlets around the globe. Although this assumes that anyone is still watching or cares about Britain’s strange Brexit meltdown. If even our own politicians and journalists cannot explain what is going on, it’s likely that the rest of the world is equally bemused, or uninterested. Like the palace itself, it feels like our unwritten constitution is in urgent need of an overhaul.

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