Generation Brexit

London and Brexit: Immiscible or opportune?


While the UK voted narrowly to leave the EU in June 2016, stats demonstrate just how divided the vote was. By almost 60%-40%, Londoners of all ages backed Remain. The percentage of London Remainers among the youth was even higher - a colossal 76%. For a city that relies heavily on its financial and insurance services, transnationals, and thus a considerable degree of immigration from within the EU, Brexit is viewed as a major blow by many. Others, however small in number, see it as an opportunity. So, what of London in the Brexit negotiations?

How can London endure as a premier global city after Brexit?

How can London continue to attract the best talent from the EU?

Should the UK pursue a separate arrangement between London and the EU? If so, what?

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London hosts a wealth of financial and business services, and as such generates 22% of the UK's GDP with around an eighth of the population. And London voted Remain in strides. But the vote especially in the north of England was Leave, and was widely seen by political commentators as a rejection of the status quo. Part of that status quo is massive infrastructure investment in London and the South, yet parts of the north are constantly being left behind - the Northern Powerhouse consigned...

James Slater
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James Slater

I think the over emphasis on London's growth has put at risk the rest of the country. Putting more money into London in an effort to make it more attractive to investors means sacrificing investment in areas that need it much more. Apart from HS2, the North has had minimal infrastructure investment compared to London, meaning the divide between the north and the south grows, fueling further anger against the system. We should invest in London, but by building more homes, if we redirected...

Alexander Wienand
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Alexander Wienand

Why should London get a better deal from Brexit than the rest of us? I live in Liverpool and would want to know that our negotiators are doing their best to get the best deal for the British people, which includes us. In fact, we're more British up here than the London lot. Brexit clearly is a problem for London, but it's had it good for too long at our expense. Maybe a bit of redistribution would do us all good. 

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