Nearly fifty-two percent of people in the UK voted to leave the EU in the referendum of 2016. However, most major cities – apart from Birmingham – voted to remain: Liverpool (58.2%); London (59.9%); Manchester (60.4%); Aberdeen (61.1%); Cardiff (60%); Edinburgh (74.4%). In Bristol, 61.7% voted to remain.
What caused this split between major cities and the rest of the country? What does it say about the future of the UK? And how can UK cities post-Brexit retain good relationships with other European cities and the EU as well as operate effectively within a cohesive UK?
- Anand Menon, Director of the UK in a Changing Europe and Professor of European Politics at Kings College London
- Matthew Goodwin, Associate fellow of The UK in a Changing Europe and Professor of Politics at University of Kent
- Anna Lisa Boni, secretary general of Eurocities
- Andrew Carter, chief executive of Centre for Cities
- Margaret Heffernan, Chair
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