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Three Years On, Brexit Has Left Britain In Political Paralysis

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23.06.2019

When 34million people went to polling stations to vote in the Brexit referendum on 23 June 2016, I wonder if any of them imagined that three years later, the country would be so divided and politics so paralysed. If anything, the polarisation seems to be getting worse.

Let’s not pretend, though, that Britain was united before the referendum. There have always been divisions which have sharpened in recent decades into those who’ve done well out of globalisation and those whose communities have been shattered by it.

It’s not just prosperity and the feeling of inequality. The creation of regional mayors has done little to reduce the sense that all power is concentrated in Westminster, and all investment in London. Add to that a bankrupt voting system which discounts two thirds of all votes cast and it’s no wonder that so many people felt angry, disenfranchised and determined to give the political establishment a good kicking.

The referendum was the perfect opportunity.

What makes me angry is that if people’s genuine grievances had been tackled much earlier, we could have avoided so much........

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