Owen Jones: Brexitland: So much for the fractured nation – I haven’t found it | Owen Jones

As he concludes his journey round leave-voting areas in his home town of Stockport, Owen Jones finds voters now want to come together. For Labour, he says, that’s an opportunity
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We’ll hear a lot about Britain being a bitterly divided nation as we head into a general election. And it would be delusional to deny the referendum has created rifts. But having spent the last few months travelling between English communities that plumped for Brexit, I didn’t find much evidence of ordinary voters brimming with venom for each other. People who voted leave didn’t regard remainers as effete metropolitan elitist saboteurs; remainers didn’t see leavers as knuckle-dragging bigoted Neanderthals. The appetite to turn neighbour against neighbour over the referendum – and to transform the aftermath into a full-blown culture war – certainly exists in certain media and political circles. My suspicion is that people are growing pretty weary of it. I found that most are too decent and busy to hate each other.

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