5 years after Brexit vote, economics still a marginal concern
23 June 2021 | 1:08 pm
It's been five years since the UK voted to leave the EU. The vote appalled those who saw it as economic self-sabotage. But those in favor of leaving were not swayed by economic arguments — and likely still aren't today.
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