South West would now vote to Re­main in Brexit ref­er­en­dum

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The South West would now vote to stay in the EU, ac­cord­ing to a new poll.

The wider re­gion – from Bris­tol to Land’s End – that was in favour of Brexit with a 53-47% re­sult in the 2016 ref­er­en­dum, is now split 47/53% in favour of re­main­ing in the union, ac­cord­ing to the Sur­va­tion re­search.

Corn­wall, which was 57% in favour of Brexit, is now in the Re­main camp with sup­port for Leave now at 49%, the sur­vey for Chan­nel 4 news shows.

Sup­port for Brexit has fallen in ev­ery lo­cal author­ity area in Devon and Corn­wall, ac­cord­ing to the poll.

The news comes as a sep­a­rate sur­vey by YouGov showed that there is a ma­jor­ity in favour of a sec­ond ref­er­en­dum – the so-called ‘peo­ple’s vote’ – in 16 of the 18 par­lia­men­tary con­stituen­cies in the two coun­ties.

The Sur­va­tion poll sam­pled 20,000 peo­ple across the UK in the big­gest in­de­pen­dent sur­vey of its kind on Brexit, while the YouGov study – for the Peo­ple’s Vote cam­paign – polled nearly 26,000.

Ex­eter MP Ben Brad­shaw said he was not sur­prised by the re­sults of the two polls.

“West­coun­try peo­ple are very sen­si­ble. They can see the com­plete mess the Gov­ern­ment is mak­ing of Brexit and that the re­al­ity of Brexit is turn­ing out to be a far cry from what we were promised back in 2016,” the Labour MP said.

“It is very en­cour­ag­ing that a ma­jor­ity in the South West now backs giv­ing the pub­lic a fi­nal say on any deal or no deal and would now vote to stay in. As I travel around our re­gion I reg­u­larly have peo­ple coming up to tell me they’ve changed their minds or are hav­ing se­ri­ous doubts about Brexit.”

Two Brexit-sup­port­ing Con­ser­va­tive MPs said the re­sults did not chime with what they found in their con­stituen­cies.

Steve Dou­ble, of St Austell and Newquay, said each poll sur­veyed an av­er­age of 30 peo­ple per con­stituency.

“I get more emails most weeks from my con­stituents frus­trated at the lack of progress on Brexit and want­ing the gov­ern­ment to sim­ply get on with it,” he said.

“The same polls be­fore the ref­er­en­dum pre­dicted a win for Re­main. Those polls did not match my ex­pe­ri­ence on the ground then and nei­ther do they now. We had a peo­ple’s vote in 2016 and I am com­mit­ted to de­liv­er­ing the re­sults of that vote.”

North Corn­wall MP Scott Mann said: “The sam­ple size was so small and doesn’t bear any re­flec­tion on what I am be­ing told by the res­i­dents of North Corn­wall. The vast ma­jor­ity of peo­ple just want us to get on and de­liver Brexit.”

The Sur­va­tion poll found that Leave now com­mands a ma­jor­ity only in the coun­cil ar­eas of Tor­bay (56%), Tor­ridge (54%), East Devon (52%) and Ply­mouth (slightly above 50%). As well as Corn­wall, Mid Devon (with Leave sup­port at 47%), North Devon (49%), Teign­bridge (49%) and West Devon (49%) have all switched pref­er­ence.

YouGov’s poll shows the only two par­lia­men­tary con­stituen­cies that do not want a sec­ond ref­er­en­dum are South West Devon (49%) and East Devon (48%).

‘The same polls be­fore the ref­er­en­dum pre­dicted a win’

Steve Dou­ble MP

A Sur­va­tion poll shows the ma­jor­ity of peo­ple in the South West would now vote to stay in the EU

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