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“They are fanning the flames of hatred”: meet the northern Remainers fighting the Brexit stereotypes

Excluding London, northerners were more likely to be Remainers than southerners. So why are anti-Brexit voices from the north so often absent from the national debate?

By Rik Worth  

Northern Remainers are battling to change people's conceptions as much as they are fighting Brexit. Photo: PA/Prospect composite

As the climactic third act of Brexit approaches with a potential second referendum, one persistent narrative remains: the north of England being dominated by backwards, Leave-supporting xenophobes. This myth manifests not only in the form of endless vox pops exploring why so many northern voters backed Leave—making “leave voter” and “norther” almost interchangeable—but also through earnest sympathy for the plight of the north, talk of northerners as turkeys voting for Christmas, and conversely depictions of Remainers…

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