Advertisement

A guide to bluff your way through Brexit

Book review: Bluffer’s Guide to BrexitDespite these shortcomings, the book does an excellent job, covering the main points in an entertaining way, says Matthew Partridge.

910-Bluffers-100

Haynes(£6.99)

Buy at Amazon

Two years on from Leave's narrow victory in the Brexit referendum and polls show that a significant number of people are still undecided about whether Brexit will end up being good for the UK or not. Obviously Brexit hasn't happened yet, but some of the uncertainty is due to the confusion sown by a debate that has done little to move on from the Punch-and-Judy aspects of the referendum campaign. Boris Starling's Bluffer's Guide to Brexit is a light-hearted guide to the topic.

Advertisement - Article continues below

It has its flaws. In his discussion of the various options, he could have looked at the Swiss model, rather than just the Norway, Canada and WTO options. He could also have discussed immigration in a bit more depth he gives it three pages. It may be unfair to say the Treasury got it wrong about the short-term impact of leaving, given that we haven't left the EU yet. He could also have mentioned that leaving the customs union will require us to drastically step up the number of customs checks at our major ports, to stop firms using us as a backdoor into Europe.

Despite these shortcomings, the book does an excellent job, covering the main points in an entertaining way. Though clearly no fan of Boris and Nigel, he is even-handed in his put-downs. It's an ideal book for those who want to quickly grasp the essentials, without getting bogged down in masses of detail or one-sided propaganda.

Advertisement
Advertisement

Recommended

Brexit begins: what do the UK and the EU want from a trade deal?
Brexit

Brexit begins: what do the UK and the EU want from a trade deal?

With Brexit now done, the trade talks can begin. But who wants what from a UK/EU trade deal, and how likely are they to get it?
3 Feb 2020
Another Brexit delay – so what happens now?
Economy

Another Brexit delay – so what happens now?

Last week’s excitement over a Brexit deal getting done proved to be premature. John Stepek looks at where we are now, and what it means for your money…
21 Oct 2019
Brexit: Will we stay or will we go? And what does it mean for investors?
Share tips

Brexit: Will we stay or will we go? And what does it mean for investors?

Brexit has descended into a farcical war of attrition. John Stepek looks at what it all means for your money – whatever the eventual outcome – and pic…
10 Oct 2019
It’s “Brexit or bust” for Boris
Economy

It’s “Brexit or bust” for Boris

Boris Johnson’s strategy is straightforward – to make sure that he’s “the people’s choice” at the inevitable upcoming general election
10 Oct 2019

Most Popular

Gold bugs' dreams are coming true – but we could still see a V-shaped recovery
Gold

Gold bugs' dreams are coming true – but we could still see a V-shaped recovery

John and Merryn talk about how it's perfectly reasonable to expect a V-shaped recovery and to continue holding gold as well. Plus, inflation, staycati…
30 Jul 2020
UK banks have had a shocking week – so it’s probably a good time to buy
UK stockmarkets

UK banks have had a shocking week – so it’s probably a good time to buy

Lloyds Bank reported a £676m loss this week. And, with all of the UK's high street banks having a terrible time of things, bank stocks are detested ri…
31 Jul 2020
The charts that matter: gold finally sets a new record high 
Global Economy

The charts that matter: gold finally sets a new record high 

As gold surges past its previous high, John Stepek looks at how it's affected the charts that matter most to the global economy.
1 Aug 2020