- Published: Friday, 08 July 2016 17:34
- Written by EReNSEP
The result of the recent British referendum has shown that there is a real and deep class divide in the UK. The same thing can be said about many EU countries as well.
The class struggle has come back and the social composition of Leave supporters in Britain has a clear identity. They are the lower social strata: the working class and the poor. In short, they are the British popular classes whose income, employment, housing, social services etc. has been negatively affected, as evidenced by existing data, due to globalization and austerity policies in recent years.
Apart from certain significant spatial and demographic differences (e.g. the particular attitude of the working class in London, the indirect expression of separatist moods in Scotland and Northern Ireland or the youth’s clear resolve to Remain) which have their own explanation and whose importance is undeniable, the outcome of the British referendum was shaped by all those people who for the past years have been experiencing the effects of a systemic crisis, neoliberal policies and the ensuing decline in democratic process.