Like the fig­ure in The Scream, I stare, trans­fixed by their lies

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THERE was no real plea­sure to be had from see­ing her wor­ried face and lis­ten­ing to the note of ris­ing panic in her voice. This was my staunch Brex­i­teer friend who an­swered ev­ery­thing with a merry, ir­ri­tat­ing laugh and a “We’ll be fine. We’ll be fine.”

Now, for the first time in a long time, she was sit­ting be­side me over lunch and the penny/cen­time had fi­nally dropped, 26 months af­ter that gut-wrench­ing ref­er­en­dum re­sult.

“But we didn’t know all that,” she said plain­tively, pleat­ing her nap­kin, talk­ing about the lat­est warn­ings on pen­sion pay­outs and health care, both vi­tal to her as to many.

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