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After Brexit, it’s no longer about “left” and “right”—it’s now social liberals vs social conservatives

“Left” and “right” have been replaced. What does it mean for the two main parties? A top psephologist explains the new voting divides

By John Curtice  

The continuing debate about Brexit is creating considerable angst within both the Conservative and Labour parties. The cabinet is evidently divided between those who want a “soft” Brexit that maximises the UK’s continued access to the single market and those who want a “hard” Brexit under which the UK reclaims its sovereignty and is able to exert greater control over its borders. Labour, too, seems unsure how far it can support a softer Brexit without upsetting those of its supporters who are concerned about immigration.

It is, in truth, little wonder…

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