Approaching the break up of Britain?

What does the geography of the referendum vote tell us about the (increasingly dis-) United Kingdom? The Open University’s Professor Allan Cochrane investigates.

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The City of London is the ancient heart of the capital — Michael Garnett under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license

Differences Within Nations

But these aggregate figures also mask more subtle variation. As well as London, a majority in several other big (and some not so big) cities voted to remain — Liverpool, Manchester, Bristol, Newcastle, Leeds, Cambridge, Oxford, York, Exeter, Brighton. And even as most of the suburban Home Counties of the South East (Oxfordshire, Surrey and Sussex) voted remain, other parts of that supposedly prosperous region (including much of Kent and Hampshire) voted to leave. Even in London, several of the boroughs on the outer East of the city (including Barking and Dagenham) voted to leave.

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