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Brexit North: Securing a united voice at the negotiating table

6 Oct 2016 - 09:51 by helen.walker

A new paper from the IPPR thinktank considers both the implications of Brexit for the North of England, and suggests a process by which the North can ensure that its needs are recognised within a national negotiation.

The north of England depends more heavily on trade with Europe than other parts of the country, and has been a significant recipient of EU funding. Yet, taken as a whole, a greater proportion of people in the North voted to leave the EU than in other parts of the UK. This paper does not look in detail at the reasons for such voting patterns but focuses on the economic implications of the result. 

The paper argues for the formation of a Northern Brexit Negotiating Committee to determine the type of Brexit that the North needs, and speak with one voice in the negotiations, rather than have others shape the debate and leave individual places in the North to simply cope with the Brexit that they are given.

For more information and to download a copy of the paper, visit the IPPR website.

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