A pro-EU anti-Brexit demonstrator rallies outside the Houses of Parliament in central London on December 13. British Prime Minister Theresa May’s imperial vision of a Britain trading on its own terms with everyone is 150 years out of date. Photo: AFP

Brexit backers in Britain tout their passport – which looks like a ticket to a fantasy world

Kevin Rafferty says the stories the Britain-first crowd tell about a return to their old blue passport reflect their delusions about reclaiming their old place in a world that has moved on

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A pro-EU anti-Brexit demonstrator rallies outside the Houses of Parliament in central London on December 13. British Prime Minister Theresa May’s imperial vision of a Britain trading on its own terms with everyone is 150 years out of date. Photo: AFP
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Kevin Rafferty

Kevin Rafferty

Kevin Rafferty, a journalist for 50 years, started writing about cricket and football for The Observer when at Oxford University. He joined the foreign staff of the Financial Times, was in charge of the FT’s Asian coverage, and opened the paper’s first Hong Kong office. He has lived and worked in Delhi, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Osaka, and Washington, and edited daily papers in 30 major cities during IMF and multilateral development bank meetings. He was professor in the Institute for Academic Initiatives at Osaka University.