Guardian readers’ views on how to avoid Brexit catastrophe – because it’s not over yet

Two articles on the same day – one by Jonathan Freedland, one by Ian Jack – provide usefully related perspectives. One is of the battle for the votes of MPs from England’s post-industrial regions (The mining town MPs should not be tempted by May, 2 February), the other on the centuries-long background to the decline of these regions (From north to south, the seeds of division date back centuries).

Mrs May is offering inducements to Labour MPs representing former mining communities in the hope of securing their Brexit support. While any such offers should be grabbed while they’re going, they are not likely to go anywhere near to addressing decades-long neglect, or be maintained for the decades probably needed to sustain change.

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