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Why did Hull back Brexit?

The city’s future prosperity depends on foreign investment

By David Lascelles  

Aquarium "The Deep" in Hull ©Skyrider2688

“Too much Hampstead, not enough Hull,” observed Labour’s Andy Burnham about the campaign to remain in the European Union. And how right he was. Hampstead may have set the tone, but Hull carried the day: 67 per cent of the city’s 250,000 people voted for Brexit. But why such a clear and defiant result? Hull’s future prosperity depends on foreign investment and EU markets—it doesn’t make sense.

Remainers would like to think that Hull would quickly wake up to its…

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