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The promise of controlling our borders and stopping freedom of movement into the country by EU nationals, played a crucial role in the success of the Leave campaign, and became the most important of Theresa May’s red lines. Identity politics, once the preserve of the Left, gained new adherents identifying with the notion of Englishness. Fear of globalisation, nostalgic nationalism and xenophobia have contributed to the rise of populism in many Western countries, including England.