As Britain leaves the EU behind, pro-Europeans face a long campaign to persuade a sceptical country to move back towards European institutions. Whatever disappointments Brexit brings to its supporters, it is naïve to think that these will cause a sudden change of heart. More than ever, it is important to understand what matters to the public and what common ground can be found. Deborah Mattinson is a co-founder of Britain Thinks and as a writer and broadcaster she is a leading commentator on public opinion and the mood of the nation.
Her recent book Beyond the Red Wall: Why Labour Lost, How the Conservatives Won and What Will Happen Next? asks why voters in former coal, steel and manufacturing constituencies opted for Boris Johnson’s vision of Brexit Britain in 2019 and seeks answers from the red wall voters themselves.