The report ‘Elitist Britain’ (2019) sees the 2019 Brexit vote as both reflecting and deepening social divisions across the nation. It states that the Brexit debate broadly reflected other divides: southern-based, higher educated, middle-class remainers versus northern, lower-educated, working-class leavers. Furthermore, it would increasingly seem that ‘ordinary’ people are expressing low levels of trust in the ‘elite’ — those at the highest levels of politics, business and the media.
Evidence suggests that social mobility across the UK is low and not improving quickly. Did frustration about lack of social mobility feed into the Brexit outcome? What is clear is that large parts of the UK population, defined by education, social class and geography, feel that they lack opportunity.
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