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Only a 21st century “New Deal” can heal divided Britain

Sweeping structural reform is needed to tackle malaise in society—whatever happens with Brexit 

By Guy de Jonquières  

Theresa May pledged to help the "just about managing" in her first speech as PM. Photo: Hannah McKay/PA Archive/PA Images

For me, as for many Remainers, the 2016 referendum result was a rude awakening. Not just because nobody, not even Brexiteers, had expected it. But because it opened my eyes to how little I knew about my own country and to how much had gone wrong in it. That feeling has only grown stronger with time.

As we know, people voted Leave for many different reasons: economic deprivation; stagnating incomes;…

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