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Remainers must make a radical offer to Britain’s deprived regions

The solution is EU membership coupled with a new kind of capitalism 

By Will Hutton  

A disused coal mine near Stoke-on-Trent. Photo: Wikimedia commons

Britain’s towns are ailing. Often dependent on one industry whose time has passed, a couple of factories under intense pressure from globalisation, a now closed mine or some fading tourist attraction their economic base is dwindling or disappearing. The new industries are passing them by, attracted to the cities where there are the skills, the bustle and a critical mass of customers prepared to try the new.

There are poles of growth and vitality in the regions outside London—university cities…

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