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12th Aug 2018

Over 100 constituencies that backed Brexit now want to remain in the EU

Wil Jones

The majority of constituents in 112 seats have changed their mind

Over 100 Westminster constituencies that voted to leave the European Union now say they want to stay, according to research published by The Observer.

The research comes from consumer analytics company Focaldata, who compiled it form two YouGov polls taken both before and after the publication Theresa May’s Brexit proposal on July 6th. Over 150,000 people were polled in total.

In 2016, out of the 632 parliamentary seats, 229 supported Remain. Now however, the study suggests that 341 seats now have a majority of voters who want to stay in the EU – signalling that 112 seats appear to have changed their mind.

It indicates that the biggest shifts have been in Labour heartlands of the North of England and Wales, suggesting that the swing has been driven by Labour voters who had previously backed leave.

Liverpool Walton had the biggest shift, followed by nearby Knowsley in Merseyside, and then Swansea East.

Only one seat switched in Scotland.

Over half a million people have already signed a petition for a second referendum on Brexit.