Brexit is an existential crisis for the North

Brexit is an existential crisis for the North

EU membership helped fuel the peace process and bring economic change, but Britain’s exit is seen as a victory for ‘Britishness’

Almost from the moment that the Brexit referendum result astonished the North last year, the political zeitgeist there began to change. In the beginning, few fully understood what it meant, and it was only when prime minister Theresa May announced some days later that Britain was intending to leave both the single market and the customs union that concern began to deepen.

A majority in the North had voted against leaving – comprising mostly nationalist...

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