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Uniting the United Kingdom

What Comes After Brexit

A British flag flutters in front of a window in London, Britain, June 24, 2016. Reinhard Krause / Reuters

The referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership in the European Union has underlined the profoundly divided state of England. My middle-class friends and family based in the country’s south continue to bemoan the outcome of the referendum in tones more suited to a family bereavement than a political event. Meanwhile, in the north of the country where I grew up, there were celebratory street parties with revelers full of delight that voters had risen up and given the establishment a good kicking.

Although the referendum revealed a riven country, it did not create it. It simply provided many voters who had effectively opted out of British politics an opportunity to get back in. Their opinions may be unpopular in some quarters, but their mobilization cannot be ignored.

UNEXPERT OPINION

The Leave campaign’s dismissal of experts tallied with a pervasive mistrust of the establishment among those left behind

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