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Brexit borders: How Brexit is seen around the town of Chester

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Brexit borders: How Brexit is seen around the town of Chester

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For the last two years, Brexit has been at the centre of European politics. But how has the debate developed in the British towns and countryside where voters originally called for their country to separate from Brussels.

Euronews's Bryan Carter headed to Chester, a city of about 100,000 people, very close to the border with Wales.

The town narrowly voted Leave in 2016, with 50.7% of residents in favour.

Today, few seem to have changed their mind:

"I don’t like the politics, I don’t like the unelected people, telling us what we can and can’t do. Who we can trade with, who we can’t trade with. We are just giving them money, after money, after money and to me, it seems we are not getting what we paid for," said Jacky at her stall at the Christmas market.

Swimming instructor Charlotte, however, has concerns: "Obviously the import rates won’t be very good. Loss of jobs and unemployment rates will skyrocket. Trading won’t happen. And I just don’t think that there are a lot of positives that will come out of it. Other than we’re just going to be a stand-alone country."

Across the border in Wales, pubgoers told Euronews that they are prepared for a short-term hit to the economy: "Once we’re out, for the next couple of years, it’s going to be really hard, but then I think we’ll gather our wits and we’ll be able to do just as we were before we went in the European Union…We’ll be able to make a living, this country will be able, it’s a good country to live in."