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Polling indicates that Southampton would now vote to REMAIN in the EU

August 15, 2018 9:30 AM
By Southampton Liberal Democrats

Southampton votes to REMAIN
New research suggests that the will of the people of Southampton has changed, and the majority would now prefer the UK to remain a member of the European Union.

Research commissioned by the campaign groups Best for Britain and Hope Not Hate published on Sunday 12 August in The Observer shows that 112 constituencies that voted to leave the European Union in the referendum of June 2016 would now vote to remain in the European Union.

The major factor in the swing against Brexit has been Labour Leave voters switching to remain. This is particularly pronounced in the constituencies of Southampton Test and Southampton Itchen, with an estimated 11% swing to remain.

It is estimated that 60% of the electorate in Test and 51% in Itchen would now vote to remain in the EU.

Richard BlackmanBassett Spokesperson Richard Blackman commented:

"This new research demonstrates that people are becoming increasingly aware of the damage that Brexit will do. It strengthens the case for a People's Vote on whatever deal Theresa May gets.

"We must now redouble our efforts to put forward a positive vision of Britain in Europe and stop Brexit.

"Southampton Liberal Democrats call on Test MP Alan Whitehead (Labour) to be true to his pro-Europeanism and support a People's Vote on the withdrawal deal.

"We also call on Itchen MP Royston Smith (Conservative) to take his head out of the sand and acknowledge the damage that Southampton residents fear Brexit will do to our city, and our country."