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Brexit will undermine Johnson’s plans for poorer regions

Extra investment will not compensate for new trade barriers with Europe

By John Springford  

Photo: Claire Doherty/SIPA USA/PA Images

In September, Boris Johnson told cabinet colleagues that he was “basically a Brexity Hezza.” In the 1980s, Michael Heseltine led regeneration projects in London and Liverpool’s docklands, and Johnson will now try to revive poorer areas with more government investment after former Labour voters “lent” him the votes that secured his election victory. But Heseltine is famously Europhile—and Johnson will discover that he can’t be Hezza and Brexity at the same…

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