Head to head in the

Macclesfield Express - - EU REFERENDUM - RHI­AN­NON MCDOWALL

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

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