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Tuesday, 28 June 2016

UK EU referendum: how those who could vote voted in your area

The BBC has published an interactive map to help people gauge which way the vote last Thursday panned out in their area.(1)

It gives figures for those who: 

  • voted for Britain to leave the EU, 
  • those who voted to remain in the EU,
  • number of people who voted, and
  • percentage turnout (how many voted who could have voted)

It does not give any indication of how many chose to redesign their ballot papers.

Helpfully, it offers the options of inputting your area by postcode or council name rather than a 'pin point mouse click', and it also gives enlarged detail where you do place your mouse pointer, so that you can navigate closer to home. 

Here are figures for the two factions in the boroughs of Brent and Camden that form the heartland of Kilburn Unemployed Workers Group:
LB Brent
LB Camden

Charts on the same web page also reveal the breakdown of the vote according to region. The vote in London was 40.1% for Britain to leave the EU, and 59.9% for Britain to remain. By far the largest preference for 'remain' was in a 'voting region' that many would not have even thought of as a voting region in this referendum; Gibraltar voted 95.9% to remain, 4.1% to leave. Maybe, given their disparity with the overall UK vote, they might reconsider their ties with the UK?

How did it feel to be excluded from an electoral process that 'everyone was talking about' while you were excluded and yet most intimately affected? An EU national who is a member of Kwug explains in a separate post on this blog.(2) Someone commented by email about his great privilege over her in this referendum being grossly unfair and how he was sickened by the divisiveness whipped up by the Brexit lobby over an 'internal Tory squabble'. Those who know our EU national friend consider it a great privilege to know her.

Scotland's vote in favour of remaining in the EU was even greater than that of London; Scottish MEP Alyn Smith got a standing ovation over his country's loyalty to that Union and his plea for the EU to stand in unity and support with Scotland.(3)
UKIP leader Farage's stony response to EU Parliament's standing ovation for Alyn Smith's speech

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1 comment:

  1. Is a November General Election the best or only way to get a mandate on the best way forward for Britain? See Wembley Matters blog post Natalie Bennett calls for General Election to deliver a people's government