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As a Briton who has lived in America for six years, Kwame Kwei-Armah had a front row seat for the seismic political events of 2016.

“Brexit broke my heart,” the actor, director and writer admits by phone from Baltimore. “I was at home the day after Brexit, and I have to say the fear that I saw in the eyes of Europeans who were not born in Britain: I would ask and I would remember it was not so long ago that I felt afraid to walk the streets of London, that sense of being an outsider and being told you’re an outsider on a daily basis.

“I’m a pan-European kind of guy, I believe our strength lies in integration, it lies in open borders, it lies in anti-xenophobia. I was very pained by Brexit and saddened for the young who will have to fight to create another kind of inclusive environment when they come to power age.”

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