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Election 2019: is Brexit reshaping politics in east Belfast? - podcast

The Guardian’s Ireland correspondent, Rory Carroll, visits east Belfast, where a majority of the protestant and unionist population backed Brexit. Is there an opening for a new kind of centrist politics? Plus: Suzanne Moore on the questions that remain for Prince AndrewThe largely protestant community in east Belfast traditionally votes for the Democratic Unionist party. Many of these voters backed Brexit in the referendum but they are now facing a conundrum: how to protect the union while leaving the EU with the current deal offered by the government?The Guardian’s Ireland correspondent, Rory Carroll, visited east Belfast to discover whether the jolt of Brexit has created an opening for a new kind of politics. He hears from Naomi Long, the leader of the centrist Alliance party, who appears to be winning over younger voters. But elsewhere in the constituency, attitudes prove to be firmly entrenched and the old religious and political divides are, if anything, hardening. Continue reading...


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