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Resentful in Redcar: `We made the finest steel in the world - now we make lattes'  - Guardian
Like many communities in England's north-east, the people of this North Yorkshire town, which bears the scars of industrial decline, and has a youth unemployment rate more than double the national average, made their unhappiness known in June 2016. They fought back. In Redcar, there was a hefty 66% vote for Brexit, similar to that in areas further north up the coast, from Teesside to Tyneside.

"We have to get our country back to where it needs to be," says Geoff Holding, a caretaker at a government office in the town who voted Leave and whose brother lost his job at the steelworks.

He wants an end to cheap imports of foreign goods, like the Chinese steel that did for the local plant. There is a still a thriving chemicals sector in Redcar, but not enough manufacturing. "We need to bring things back in-house, get industry back on its own feet, make things ourselves."

Debate may still be raging in London about soft and hard Brexits as Remainers call for a second referendum, but in Redcar it is a done deal. Here the Leave mantra about "taking back control" is to be taken pretty much literally.

by Bernard on Sun Feb 4th, 2018 at 10:10:42 AM EST

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