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Brexit is a tragedy for Shakespeare's hometown

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Published on March 26, 2019 - Duration: 01:30s

Brexit is a tragedy for Shakespeare's hometown

Three years after the UK voted to leave the EU, and just a matter of days before it was supposed to officially happen, discontent runs deep in Shakespeare's birthplace - on both sides of the divide.

Francesca Lynagh reports.

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Brexit is a tragedy for Shakespeare's hometown

Shakespeare famously wrote of a scepter'd isle ''that made a shameful conquest of itself.'' Here in his hometown of Stratford-Upon-Avon.

Many feel that's a good description of the state of the UK today - thanks to Brexit.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) LEAVE VOTER, HEIDI COSFORD, 53-YEARS-OLD, SAYING: "It's been going on far too long, if you watch it on TV they're (politicians) like a bunch of five-year-olds arguing.

They should be working together to do what's best for the country, not what's best for themselves.'' Three years after the UK voted to leave the EU, and just a matter of days before it was supposed to officially happen, discontent runs deep in Stratford - on both sides of the divide.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) REMAIN CAMPAIGNER, SUSAN JUNED, 70-YEARS-OLD, SAYING: "Theresa May has closed her mind, she is just only interested in the future of her own party and whether that party exists, trying to keep it together.

We are beyond party politics, we are about national interests, making sure that we keep the national interest first and foremost.'' The typically English town voted in line with the national 52 to 48 percent decision to leave.

But the Brexit impasse means not everyone is sure anymore.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) REMAIN VOTER WHO HAS CHANGED HIS MIND AND NOW WANTS TO LEAVE THE EU, RICHARD SAMBROOK, 78-YEARS-OLD, RETIRED, SAYING: "Well I voted to stay but now I've changed my mind.

And now I would vote to go out." Despite being this close to the line, Britain's future remains unclear.

But what is clear, in Shakespeare's town, and in many others… Brexit is hovering uneasingly between a comedy and a tragedy.

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