Rise Of The Robots To Hit Brexit-Voting Cities In North And Midlands Hardest

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Pro-Brexit cities in the North and Midlands will be hit-hardest by job losses to automation, a striking new report on the UK economy warns. 

Urban centres such as Sunderland, Mansfield, Stoke and Blackburn are predicted to lose as many as two in five (29%) jobs to robots and automation by 2030, research published by the think tank Centre For Cities says. 

Wealthy and often Remain-voting cities in the South East, meanwhile, such as Oxford and Cambridge, are much less exposed. They face losing a comparably low 13% and are best-placed to reap the benefits of new industries. 

The report will intensify concern the so-called ‘rise of the robots’ will deepen economic and social divides across the UK. 

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