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Who’s afraid of Brexit? Not Britain’s Romanian builders

Of the 100 migrants I spoke to, only 35 thought that Brexit would be a bad thing

By Ben Judah  

I spent the period around the Brexit vote slightly differently to most Britons—mostly with Romanian labourers. Were they frightened at the thought of Britain voting to “Leave” the European Union? Were they panicked by it? Plugged into the British press you’d have expected them to be inconsolable, trembling with fear. The reality, that I saw in the farms, doss houses and building sites in which I spent the time, is that they were…

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