Brexit: What the Hell Happens Now?

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Ian Dunt

Journalist Ian Dunt explains why leaving the EU will leave Britain poorer, key industries like finance and pharmaceuticals struggling to operate, and could even lead to the country's break up.

Based on expert evidence, Brexit: What the Hell Happens Now? is a searching exploration of Brexit, shorn of the wishful thinking of its supporters.
Date Published :
October 2017
Publisher :
Canbury Press
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Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9780995497856
Pages : 192
Dimensions : 7.8 X 5.1 inches
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Britain’s departure from the European Union is riddled with myth and misinformation — yet the risks are very real.

Brexit could diminish the UK’s power, throw its legal system into turmoil, and lower the standard of living of 65m citizens.

In this revised bestseller, Ian Dunt explains why leaving the world’s largest trading bloc will leave Britain poorer and key industries like finance and pharma struggling to operate. 

Based on extensive interviews with trade and legal experts, Brexit: What the Hell Happens Now? is a searching exploration of Brexit shorn of the wishful thinking of its supporters in the British media and Parliament.


Admirably brief and necessarily brutal... Whatever your position during the referendum, you ought to read Dunt because he is willing to face uncomfortable facts. Highly recommended.

— Nick Cohen, The Spectator

Compact and easily digestible. I’d encourage anyone who is confused, fascinated or frustrated by Brexit to read this book – you’ll be far wiser by the end of it.

— Caroline Lucas, Co-Leader, Green Party

I would strongly recommend Ian Dunt’s excellent guide. Dunt has taken the extraordinary step of asking a set of experts what they think. I learnt a lot.

— Philip Collins, Prospect

Author Bio

IAN DUNT is a political journalist and commentator. He is editor of, has a strong social media following, and appears on the BBC, Sky and LBC. He is a cast member of the Remainiacs podcast. He swears a lot on his Twitter feed.

About The Author

Ian Dunt is editor of He specialises in issues around immigration, civil liberties and social justice and appears as a pundit on BBC TV, Sky News and Al-jazeera.

Brexit: What the Hell Happens Now? is his first book. He said: 'I wanted to write a book which could be read in a few hours, but allow someone to win arguments about Brexit for the next decade. '

Unlike other books about Brexit which look back at the EU referendum campaign, What the Hell Happens Now? looks ahead to the impact of leaving the EU on the EU.



What was that?

What did we vote for?

What is Article 50?

What is the European project?

What is the single market?

What are the politics of the European Union?

What about freedom of movement?

What about the economy? 





The World Trade Organisation

How can we keep the UK together?



What are we going to do?

What do the Brexit ministers want?

How talented are they?

What tools do they have?

What is the context?

The economy

The City of London


The parliamentary battle

Making a new country

The time problem

What happens after Brexit?


List of experts




Dunt is a Remainer, but you wouldn’t be able to tell that from reading this book. He wastes no time on recriminations, finger-pointing or a dissection of the referendum campaign (riven as it was with misinformation, ignorance, propaganda and outright lies).

- Grub Street, Grub Street

“No deal for Britain is better than a bad deal for Britain.” That’s what a defiant Theresa May PM said yesterday, in her speech on The government’s negotiating objectives for exiting the EU. In the opening chapter of his book, Dunt shows us what “no deal” might actually look like:

Big Ben strikes midnight and Britain is out of the European Union. The talks have fallen apart in mutual acrimony. The UK has not secured continued membership of the single market. It doesn’t even have access. It is out of the treaty which waives tax on imports and exports. It has no trade deals with Europe or anyone else. It is on its own.

He goes on to give some idea of what that might involve. Long queues of lorries stopped at Calais by customs officials, detained and inspected. Exports of meat and eggs held up as samples are taken away for testing at hurriedly established inspection posts, struggling with demand while the products rot by the roadside. Thousands of businesses haemorrhaging cash as shipments are stopped and detained at ports around the world. Bureaucratic nightmares as hurriedly recruited officials attempt to deal with backlogs of reinstated “proof of country of origin” documentation. Tariffs slapped on products left, right and centre, and not just on the finished product but on the raw materials and components too. Banks and financial institutions sacking workers and outsourcing jobs to more advantageous economic climes. Trade disputes multiplying as Britain loses the protection of a standard WTO deal and has to deal with 163 different country relationships. British professionals unable to work abroad as their qualifications are no longer recognised under standard EU rules. And so on and so forth.

It’s a nightmare vision, deliberately painted so, as a shock to the complacency of those who thought Brexit would be a breeze. But, as Dunt then makes clear, these are “the consequences of a chaotic, hard Brexit.”

- Paul Magrath, ICLR

Whatever your position during the referendum, you ought to read Dunt because he is willing to face uncomfortable facts.

- Nick Cohen, The Spectator

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