DOMINIC SANDBROOK: Brexit's two tribes and a real threat to civil unrest 

Mail Online | 3/25/2019 | Dominic Sandbrook for the Daily Mail
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With the Brexit cliff edge fast approaching, it is no wonder that passions are running high. The BBC, entirely predictably, gave blanket coverage to Saturday’s march in central London demanding a second referendum, which may well have been the biggest convocation of Waitrose regulars in history.

It is, of course, easy to sneer, especially if you agree that a second referendum would be a betrayal of democracy and an insult to the 17.4 million people who voted Leave.

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Yet no sensible observer can ignore the sheer numbers who turned out for the march, the five million who signed a petition calling for Brexit to be revoked, or the fact that across much of leafy, middle-class Britain, agitation at the prospect of a chaotic No Deal Brexit is now turning to outright rage.

But it was another protest in the last few days, which attracted rather less attention from our metropolitan public broadcaster, that struck me as much more ominous.

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This was the go-slow on Britain’s motorways at rush-hour on Friday evening, which saw chaotic tailbacks on traffic arteries such as the M1, M4 and M6, as well as on major A roads everywhere from Devon and Cornwall to Lancashire and Humberside.

The organisers, who call themselves Brexit Direct Action, make no secret of their ambition to bring Britain to a standstill if the Government continues to delay Brexit, or even cancels it altogether. With strong support among the nation’s lorry drivers, they claim they could shut down our motorways overnight. And it would, I think, be a brave man who would bet against them.

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So, on the one hand, you have the streets of the capital paralysed by protesters who want Brexit to be cancelled; and on the other, you have the nation’s motorways paralysed by protesters who insist it must go ahead. Even if Theresa...
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