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The mismatch between local voting and the local economic consequences of Brexit

Bart Los, Philip McCann (), John Springford and Mark Thissen

Regional Studies, 2017, vol. 51, issue 5, 786-799

Abstract: The mismatch between local voting and the local economic consequences of Brexit. Regional Studies. This paper reveals that in the 2016 UK referendum regarding whether to remain in or leave the European Union, the regions that voted strongly for leave tended also to be those same regions with greatest levels of dependency on European Union markets for their local economic development. This observation flies in the face of pro-leave narratives that posited that the major beneficiaries of European Union membership were the ‘metropolitan elites’ of London. Economic geography dominated the observed voting patterns, and geography will also certainly dominate the post-Brexit economic impacts, but not necessarily in a way that voters anticipated or wished for.

Date: 2017
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