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A dog’s Brexit: Johnson’s missteps about to send weary voters to another election as the EU divorce gets ugly

In fact, Brexit is a misnomer in three ways: it is driven by a sense of English – rather than British – malaise. It’s transnational support from the Trump administration suggests the international and domestic agendas that come with the no-deal project. It is not just about “exit”, but comes with a program for domestic change of a radically conservative variety.

While Brexit has spilled over into US politics, Ireland’s supporters in the US Congress could scupper plans for a post-Brexit free trade agreement between the UK and the USA. Such an agreement is a key part of Johnson’s hard-Brexit strategy that underscores the transnational dimension to the politics of Brexit.

Whatever the drivers of Brexit, it is ultimately for the electorates in an increasingly divided UK to decide. It’s quite possible the forthcoming election will not alter the parliamentary arithmetic in any significant way.

But it’s the only way this arithmetic can change and so it must be embraced by a politics-weary electorate throughout the four nations of the UK.

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#CloseTheCamps rallies across Australia call for Nauru and Manus centres to shut | Australia news | The Guardian

Protesters in Melbourne on Saturday 27 August 2016 calling for immigration detention centres on Nauru and Manus Island to close. Thousands of protesters gathered in cities across Australia calling for an end to Australia’s offshore detention regime in the wake of the publication of the Nauru files.

Refugees and asylum seekers held on Nauru and Manus Island should be brought to Australia, say activists who organised nationwide protests

Source: #CloseTheCamps rallies across Australia call for Nauru and Manus centres to shut | Australia news | The Guardian