Mark Smith: Why this Brexit fiasco could bring us peace of mind in the end

ON the night of the 28th October 1971, not long after the House of Commons voted in favour of the UK joining the European Community, the then Prime Minister Edward Heath retired to Number 10 to celebrate his victory. Sitting down at his clavichord, he played the first prelude from Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier. “It was the right choice for that moment,” he later wrote in his memoirs. “At once so serene, so ordered and so profound.” .