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The overlooked dynamic at the heart of the Brexit “culture war”

Somewheres vs anywheres, open vs closed—it all comes down to a debate over which voices are legitimate

By Chaminda Jayanetti  

The debate over Brexit is all about whose voice should be considered legitimate. Photo: PA

One of the few growth sectors in the wake of Brexit is the science of trying to explain it.

Endless papers, reports and spreadsheets have proclaimed the causes of the Leave vote, which tore up the British electorate’s historical reputation for moderacy.

Economic factors were pushed aside by research highlighting the role of “culture” and “values”—opaque terms that over the last two years have been cited to explain ever more aspects of our…

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