Brexit has dominated the news agenda for nearly three years – and now one of Hollywood's biggest names is getting stuck in.
Brexit: The Uncivil War is a new drama from Channel 4 which will focus on the EU Referendum of 2016 with Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role.
Brexit has changed everything in the UK, from its government, to its principal trading relationship, to the structure and organisation of the British state. This watershed moment, which surprised most observers and mobilised previously apathetic sections of the electorate, is set to transform British politics in profound and lasting ways.
Check out our brex-cellent selection of titles that shine a light on the people who made Brexit a reality...
The Bad Boys of Brexit
Tales of Mischief, Mayhem & Guerrilla Warfare in the EU Referendum Campaign | by Arron Banks
Arron Banks enjoyed a life of happy anonymity flogging car insurance in Bristol until he dipped his toes into the shark-infested waters of politics and decided to plunge right in. Charging into battle for Brexit, he tore up the political rule book, sinking £8 million of his personal fortune into a mad-cap campaign targeting ordinary voters up and down the country. His anti-establishment crusade upset everyone from Victoria Beckham to NASA and left MPs open-mouthed.
Lurching from comedy to crisis (often several times a day), he found himself in the glare of the media spotlight, fending off daily bollockings from Nigel Farage and po-faced MPs. From talking Brexit with Trump and trying not to embarrass the Queen, to courting communists and wasting a fortune on a pop concert that descended into farce, this is his honest, uncensored and highly entertaining diary of the campaign that changed the course of history.
How Brexit split the Tories, destroyed Labour and divided the country | by Harry Mount
In the three short weeks between the EU referendum on 23 June 2016 and Theresa May’s ascent to Downing Street on 13 July, Brexit morphed into a mass murderer, destroying everything it touched. As the Bullingdon boys, David Cameron and George Osborne, were sensationally whacked, Mafia-style, the Cabinet was drained of blue blood and the tight-knit Notting Hill Set torn asunder.
So how did Brexit turn into this weapon of mass political destruction? In this compelling insider account, journalist Harry Mount reveals the plots, power struggles and personal feuds that brought down a government. Analysing the nationwide split between Europhiles and Eurosceptics, and reflecting on Brexit’s parallels with Donald Trump’s victory, Summer Madness is the ultimate guide to the biggest political coup of the century.
How to Lose a Referendum
The Definitive Story of Why the UK Voted for Brexit | by Jason Farrell and Paul Goldsmith
Probing into the social fabric of the UK, the psyche of the electorate, and seventy years of European history, Farrell and Goldsmith identify eighteen key reasons why the UK made its choice, from Britain’s absence at the birth of the European project to the inflammatory rhetoric of one Nigel Farage, and everything in between.
How to Lose a Referendum is the product of extensive and refreshingly frank interviews with the key players from both campaigns coupled with a wide-ranging exploration of the historical context around Britain’s departure. Why was a project designed for common peace and prosperity ultimately so hard to defend?
Whether you’re a Leaver or a Remainer, a newcomer to the debate or a battle-hardened politico, this nuanced and thoughtful analysis will change the way you look at Britain’s vote for Brexit.
Brexit Edition | by Cato the Younger
Britain’s 2016 vote to leave the EU was the most momentous democratic decision ever made in British history. Some predict it will lead eventually to the break-up of the UK, others to the end of the EU, others to an enhanced likelihood of war in Europe and beyond.
The vote to leave took just a single day, but the decision to call the referendum followed several months of agonising in No. 10, while the ground for Britain’s departure was sown over many, many years.
When Britain entered the EU in 1973, it was known as ‘the sick man of Europe’. When it voted to leave in 2016, it had the fastest-growing economy in the G7, and it was both the world’s top soft power and one of its most creative and tolerant nations.
Why have we risked all this? Ask the guilty men, who, for reasons of personal gain, misplaced ideology or sheer folly, have jeopardised all our futures.