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Blog: Brexit has made town twinning a battleground – but it’s always been political

Blog: Brexit has made town twinning a battleground – but it’s always been political

The practice of twinning towns and other communities has often been viewed as a cultural or leisure-based activity. Now though, Brexit has drawn the political side of twinning into sharper public focus. Some people are pressing to erase their towns’ longstanding relationships with European partners. Others have doubled down on their international commitments, trying to show that their community remains open and inclusive. Here Holly Ryan argues that town-twinning has always been political.