Brexit ‘a tragic distraction’ as austerity ‘shatters millions of lives’

The United Kingdom might be the world’s fifth largest economy but government austerity policies mean 14 million people live in poverty. Child poverty will increase to 40% by 2021. Life expectancy is falling for many people. The UN report says: ‘High employment…has not reversed austerity…the glue that has held British society together has been deliberately replaced with a harsh and uncaring ethos.’ And, Brexit is a ‘tragic distraction’.

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