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TOMORROW will see thousands of people in borough go to the polls to cast their vote on whether England should remain or leave the European Union.
With one day left to make your decision, the Express has asked politi- cians, business leaders and community members from the town if they think the UK should stay or go – and why.
Hundreds of different national polls have been commissioned to track voters’ intentions, with the majority showing a close race between the two sides, leading many pollsters to predict the vote will go down to the wire.
Hustings have already been held around Macclesfield as voters make what has been deemed ‘the most important political decision of a generation’.
Around 60 people attended the debate hosted by Hope in North East Cheshire at Macclesfield Methodist church.
Panel members for remaining were Karen Bradley, MP for Stafford- shire Moorlands and Elizabeth Jewkes, chairman of the Liberal Democrat Christian Forum.
Tony Homewood, Conservative party member and UKIP member Jacqueline Smith spoke for leaving.
Macclesfield MP David Rutley says he believes the future of the UK would be best served by remaining in the EU.
He said: “This has been one of the most difficult decisions I have made since becoming a MP. There are legitimate arguments on both sides of the debate. However, for me, the economic arguments for continuing to be part of the EU have been the main factor in making my decision.”
The town’s former MP, Sir Nicholas Winterton, says he is very firmly in the Brexit camp.
He said: “I am totally committed to the leave campaign and I have very strong views.
“The EU is highly bureaucratic, which is profoundly undemocratic. We would lose our sovereignty, cultural identity and centuries old traditions.”
Polls will be open from 7am until 10pm on Thursday, June 23.
The votes will be counted as soon as the polls close at 10pm. Local results will be declared as each count is completed across 382 centres around the UK.
The final result is expected to be announced at Manchester Town Hall after 4am.
For more information about voting in the EU referendum and a full list of polling stations go