Kent de­ci­sive, but what does fu­ture hold?

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Brexit - by Paul Fran­cis Po­lit­i­cal Ed­i­tor pfran­cis@thek­m­group.co.uk @PaulOnPol­i­tics

Kent vot­ers played their part in de­liv­er­ing a sur­prise Brexit at the ref­er­en­dum with all bar one area vot­ing for the UK to leave the EU.

Of the 972,205 peo­ple in Kent who voted, just un­der 60% – 575,615 – backed the leave cam­paign while 41% wanted to stay in the EU.

The reper­cus­sions of the out­come con­tinue to cause po­lit­i­cal tur­moil and un­cer­tainty but the re­sult in the county was de­ci­sive.

Only one of the 13 dis­tricts, Tun­bridge Wells, bucked the trend with vot­ers there nar­rowly back­ing the re­main cam­paign.

Grave­sham emerged as the area with the high­est num­ber of ‘Brex­i­teers’ with 35,643 vot­ing to quit com­pared to 18,876 want­ing to stay.

It was fol­lowed by Dart­ford, where 35,878 voted to leave com­pared to the 19,985.

In east Kent, there was less of a sur­prise in Thanet, an area where sup­port for Ukip is strong.

There, 46,079 backed a Brexit com­pared to 26,065 vot­ing to stay.

And in Dover, there was a gap of 15,804 be­tween the ‘out’ vot­ers – 40,410 - and those who wanted to stay – 24,606.

In the Med­way towns, anti-EU feel­ing saw a com­pre­hen­sive ‘out’ vote with 88,997 back­ing a Brexit com­pared to 49,989 want­ing to stay.

Can­ter­bury saw the nar­row­est mar­gin – 40,169 wanted to stay, com­pared to 41,879 who wanted out.

The county’s more pros­per­ous ar­eas demon­strated an­tipa­thy to the EU, with vot­ers in Sevenoaks and Ton­bridge and Malling both sup­port­ing the leave cam­paign.

The re­sults showed that in many parts of the county, vot­ers and their MPs seemed out of step on the is­sue.

Seven MPs who wanted to stay found their con­stituents did not.

They were: Damian Green, Ash- ford MP; Dover MP Char­lie El­ph­icke; Faver­sham and Mid Kent (He­len Whately); Maidstone and the Weald (He­len Grant); North Thanet (Sir Roger Gale); Folke­stone and Hythe (Damian Collins); Rochester and Strood (Kelly Tol­hurst); Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks) and Tom Tu­gend­hat (Ton­bridge and Malling).

Pic­ture: Barry Good­win

Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron an­nounces his res­ig­na­tion after UK votes to last week

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