Did Beeching lead to Brexit?

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Some here will not have noticed a column by Larry Elliott in the Guardian yesterday, in which he discussed the consequences of the 1960s Beeching report that led to the closure of thousands of miles of railway line. His argument can be summarised in this paragraph:

[P]erhaps the most baleful legacy of Beeching has been the way in which it has led to towns and villages – often in the most economically challenged parts of the country – becoming isolated. Beeching contributed to the UK’s geographical divide between thriving big cities and struggling smaller towns. Without Beeching there might not have been a vote for Brexit.

Worth reading, I think.