UK: Emotions run high as Brexit closes in
19 January 2019 | 12:24 pm
When Britain voted to leave the EU in June 2016, it laid bare the extent of political polarization in the UK. If anything, those divisions have only become more entrenched. Samira Shackle reports from London.
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