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Why Johnson will be hard-pressed even to start closing the north-south divide

New transport projects will help, but a real fix requires more fundamental reforms

By Paul Wallace  

Photo: Christopher Furlong/PA Wire/PA Images

If there is one thing beyond Brexit that now fires up Boris Johnson it is the task of breathing new life into the economy of central and northern England, whose disenchanted voters gave him his landslide victory in December. But rebalancing the British economy away from London and the southeast is a monumental task, the more so since the prime minister’s hard version of Brexit will sharpen regional imbalances. The deeper one probes Britain’s widening north-south divide the…

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