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Britain after Brexit

Brexit creates an opening for change in Britain, but who will rise to the challenge and how? Anthony Barnett introduces his forthcoming book

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2 July, 2016: London's March for Europe. CC BY-NC 2.0 Flickr / Alex. Some rights reserved.

Britain after Brexit

Brexit creates an opening for change in Britain, but who will rise to the challenge and how? Anthony Barnett introduces his forthcoming book

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world
2 July, 2016: London's March for Europe. CC BY-NC 2.0 Flickr / Alex. Some rights reserved.

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Tom Rowley is editor of oDR.

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Brexit creates an opening for change in Britain, but who will rise to the challenge and how? Anthony Barnett introduces his forthcoming book

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