Les vacances du Brexit
BlackPool, the Brexit holidays.
Welcome to Blackpool, primary seaside resort in the north-west of England, which welcomes the working class stemmed from the industrial revolution and paid leaves since more than a century. Las Vegas and Coney Island’s sham, Blackpool is currently famous for its festivities, its bachelor and bachelorette parties, and of course, its low-cost debauchery.
Very popular destination in the beginning of the XXth century among the upper class thanks to its pure sea breeze and its therapeutic sea water tasting, Blackpool, with the industrial revolution and the development of the railway network, becomes until the mid seventies one of the hot spot of popular tourism in Britain.
At the end of the eighties, the emergence of the rst low-cost offers towards sunny destinations abroad combined to the economic crisis that rages in the northern England lead the resort to a recession from which it would be unable to recover.
The successive economic strategies attempting to relaunch its activity for the last forty years has shaped a surrealistic city, where, among decrepit funfairs, numerous elderly people, some of the poorest families of England, and Manchester or Liverpool’s youth looking for cheap drinking all mix together.
Blackpool, one of the Labour party?s bastion, is one of the cities of the industrial north to have massively voted OUT, at more than 67%. For its resident, mainly traditional Labour members, the EU is responsible for the disrepair of their daily life, and David Cameron?s policy of austerity only aroused this willingness of rejection.
This report documents the holidays of those who voted OUT.
Blackpool in numbers:
142 000 residents
Blackpool is one of the most underprivileged city, with an unemployment rate twice higher than the national average.
It also has one of the lowest economic growth since ten years.
30% of the population lives under the poverty line.
During the Brexit referendum, the city voted OUT at more than 67%.
© Cyril Abad / hans Lucas.