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Leave support collapses in Southampton - City would now vote to REMAIN

November 7, 2018 9:55 AM
By Southampton Liberal Democrats

Recent polling indicates that if given the opportunity, Southampton would vote to continue Britain's membership of the European Union.

Southampton votes to REMAIN_Channel 4/Survation pollA study conducted by Survation, the results of which were broadcast on Channel 4 this week, found that 105 council areas that voted to leave the EU in 2016 would now instead back Remain - including Southampton.

These findings are broadly in line with previous research published in August this year by campaign groups Best for Britain and Hope Not Hate, which reported an 11% drop in the city in support for leaving the EU.

Europe Spokesperson Richard Blackman comments:

"This new poll, the largest since the referendum vote itself, is more evidence that the debate over our membership of the European Union did not end in June 2016, and that the views of the British public have changed substantially since then - enough for a Remain victory by 54% to 46%.

"The collapse in support for 'Leave' is striking on its own, but the estimated 12% drop is among the highest in the country.

"Of course, we shouldn't accept the results of a single poll - in fact, this poll is just the latest in a series of independent polls that follow a general anti-Brexit trend.

"It's time the Brexit-supporting Labour and Conservative parties listened to the changing views of their electorate."

The Survation poll also found that more people than not thought that Brexit would have a negative effect on the UK economy, the NHS, and their household finances.
Richard Blackman

Richard Blackman adds:

"The Labour-run City Council have made no preparations whatsoever to protect our citizens from the impact of Brexit.

"Meanwhile, our Labour and Conservative MPs continue to toe the line of their pro-Brexit Parties, hiding behind a 'will of the people' defence that is demonstrably out of date.

"If they really want to represent their constituents, they need to start listening to them, and supporting our calls for a People's Vote on any Brexit deal.

"I have been listening to people on the doorsteps, and the potentially catastrophic fallout of Brexit - particularly to a port city like Southampton that relies on international trade - remains a huge concern to many.

"We demand better from our elected representatives, both our MPs and City Councillors."