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On the road to Brexit

On the road to Brexit

by Ed Alcock (2016)

"I’m a british photographer, and have been living in France for over fifteen years. I wanted to understand why my fellow countrymen had given such a drubbing to the European Union. For one week, accompanied by Le Monde journalist, Louis Imbert, we traveled over 1000 miles of rural areas, post-industrial cities and university campuses, talking to people and trying to understand. The result? A frantic and surprising road trip, from the border towns of Scotland to the south-west of England and Wales, which reveals how the British, from their flowery and colorful gardens operated, unwittingly, a revolution in all but its name". 

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On the Scottish side the border between Scotland and England, a few miles from Gretna Green. The Scottish Borders region voted 58,5% for remaining in the EU during the British EU Referendum.
A discarded newspaper with the headline that reads: Brexit: Day of Farce.
On the Scottish side the border between Scotland and England, a few miles from Gretna Green. The Scottish Borders region voted 58,5% for remaining in the EU during the British EU Referendum.
Jeff Balis (58) is a British resident of Newscastleton, Scotland. He didn't vote in the British referendum on EU membership. The Scottish Borders region voted 58,5% for remaining in the EU.
In the town of Castelton, in the Scottish Borders region of Scotland. The region voted 58,5% for remaining in the EU during the British EU Referendum.
Tomasz Milkowski (37) is the manager of one of the three pubs in Newcastleton, Scotland. He is a Polish immigrant who has been living in the UK for 14 years, and who has obtained British citizenship. He voted Remain in the British referendum on EU members
The Scottish Borders region of Scotland. The region voted 58,5% for remaining in the EU during the British EU Referendum.
The border between Scotland and England. The Scottish Borders region voted 58,5% for remaining in the EU, whilst Carlisle (Cumbria) voted 60,14% to leave during the British EU Referendum on EU membership.
Ashley Greenup (56) and his son, Darius (18). Greenup is a fervent supporter of UKIP, living in Carlise. He voted to leave the EU whilst Darius voted to remain, during the British Referendum on EU membership.
A bunch of roses, with a british flag and a love heart, in the sitting room of Ashley Greenup (56). Greenup is a fervent supporter of UKIP, living in Carlise. He voted to leave the EU in the British Referendum on EU membership.
Elga (84) lives in the village of Clapham, in Yorkshire. She voted to remain in the EU during the British referendum on EU membership. She believes the the EU is responsible for having prevented war in Europe in the last 70 years.
In the street in Carlisle (Cumbria). The region of Carlise voted 60,14% to leave during the British referendum on EU membership.
A newspaper with the headline that reads: Labour's  Brexit Crisis - Now it's civil war.
A municipal sign, celebrating the muslim festival of Eid, in the street in Bradford. The city has a long-standing tradition of welcoming immigrant populations, originally muslims from Pakistan and India, and more recently Poles.
Mohammed Naz is a security guard in Bradford. He is the grand-son of immigrants from Kashmir. The offices are housed in a former textile mill, where his father used to work. He believes the town voted to leave because the are "many fascists here".
A former textile mill in the center of Bradford (Yorkshire). The town, a former Labour stronghold, voted overwhelmingly to leave the EU during the British referendum on EU membership.
Tom Manley, Bradford (Yorkshire). He voted to stay in the EU during the British referendum on EU membership. His father voted to leave, and the two no longer talk.
Ian Armour is a local sheep farmer in Yorkshire. He has diversified his farm, where he also runs a camp site, and a mobile ice-cream van. He voted to leave the EU, believing that "subsidies are unfair for everyone" and that "these are exciting times".
Robert Lawton, standing in the fields that surround his 1800 hectares farm near Marlborough in Wiltshire. Lawson voted to leave the European Union, as he is convinced that Britain is better off without all the bureaucracy.
Bryan Carter, a Yorkshire sheep-farmer, pictured at Bentham Auction Mart. Sheep, cattle and pigs are sold here, essentially to meat wholesalers. Many local sheep farmers voted to leave the UE in the referendum, despite the loss of generous subsidies.
On the motorway between Bradford and Exeter, 30 june 2016.
Jasmin Barton is a member of the administrative staff at the Law School of the University of Exeter, in the south-west of England. She voted to remain in the EU.
A heart-shaped poster embracing fighting in unity for the rights of British and European people, on the locked door of Claudio Radaelli, Profesor of Political Science at Exeter University.
Jo Fong from Cardiff, Wales. She voted to stay in the European Union during the British referendum.
Map of Europe, with focus on the United Kingdom, at the heart of international news coverage in the week following the Brexit vote.
Levi Roach, Professor of European Medieval History at the University of Exeter, in south-west England. He voted to stay in the European Union.
On the M5 motorway that runs north-south down the west of England, at one of the junctions leading to south Wales. Wales was the only country besides England, to vote out of the European Union.
Paul Griffiths in Llangennech, Wales. Griffiths is a steelworker at Tata Steel in Port Talbot. The factory is in economic difficulty because of Chinese steel dumping. The UK vetoed an EU proposition to massively increase import duties for Chinese steel.
Ron Holmes (75) in Llangennech, Wales. Holmes used to manage a small touring fairground, but is now retired. His son has taken over the company. He voted out of the EU.
Mark Whayman and Edward Riohorn in Llangennech, Wales. When asked their thoughts about the Brexit vote, Whayman responded, "They're all liars in Westminster and Brussels. If they'd told the truth people would have voted differently".
Graffiti reading, "It has begun..." on the wall of a closed-down cinema in Port Talbot, Wales. The town depends upon steel for much of it's economy is in economic difficulty because of Chinese steel dumping.
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