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Brexit: An opportunity for cities

If one is a supporter of open markets, liberalism, increased internationalism and globalisation, as most of the world’s cities and their leaders are, 2016 witnessed defeat after defeat.

Matthew Pencharz, Former Deputy Mayor for Environment & Energy, London

We have seen the Overton Window, the range of political ideas which are publicly acceptable, smashed–in fact ripped out of the wall and thrown across the room. Until very recently Brexit was thought to be the goal of a small group of obsessives, in the British Tory party and its exiles in the UKIP political party. That turned out not to be the case. And similarly much of the rhetoric that brought Donald Trump to victory in the US Presidential election previously had belonged among fringe groups and the darker recesses of the Internet.

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