Shields Gazette poll shows u-turn on Brexit

South Tynesiders would vote to remain in the European Union - if another referendum on the issues was held, a Gazette poll has revealed.

Saturday, 10th December 2016, 8:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 14th December 2016, 12:36 pm
Leave voters celebrate in Sunderland following the EU referendum result in the city.

In June, 62% of voters in the borough voted for Britain to leave the EU, with nationally almost 52% doing the same.

The Gazette has run a two-day poll this week asking readers, if another vote were to take place now, how they would vote.

Almost 3,000 people took part in the latest poll, with 61% voting to remain and 39% voting to leave.

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MPs this week voted to trigger Article 50 before April next year, starting the two-year timetable for Britain to leave the EU.

The Exiting the European Union Select Committee, chaired by Hilary Benn MP, this week visited Sunderland’s Civic Centre to hear from civic and business leaders about what they want to see from Brexit.

The committee is currently touring the country before reporting back its findings to the Government.

Readers took to Facebook to carry on the debate on the issue.

Writing on the Gazette page, Viv Marley wrote: “No change whatsoever and how many more times has this question got to be answered we didn’t vote out to change our minds later we knew exactly what we were voting for.”

Richard Toon Neal added: “Out. Even more so now, because the farce of trying to get us out has shown what most politicians care about and it isn’t the democratic will of the people in UK.”

Graham Walton said: “Without a shadow of a doubt I would still vote leave!”

Derek Welch wrote: “Out, but even more so now.”

Peter Watt added: “Same way as last time leave.”

Steven Slack wrote: “Who cares it’s not going to be held again #voteleave.”

However, Jane Mary Robertson wrote: “Still remain!”

And Wendy Shepherd added: “Exactly the same as I did in June.

“I did a lot of research before making my decision as I don’t think something so important as this can be decided without all the facts.”