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Mapping Britain's ‘euroscepticism’

Will the UK vote to remain part of the European Union? Will the UK vote to remain part of the European Union? Dave Kellam
11 Mar
2016
Instead of just focusing on the overall swinging back and forth of British support for EU membership, a new map shows where levels of ‘euroscepticisim’ and ‘europhilia’ are at their greatest

Should we stay, or should we go now? If we go, will there be trouble? If we stay, will there be double?

For the first time in over 40 years, the population of the UK is being asked to decide whether the country wishes to remain one of the 28 nations which comprise the European Union. Critics of the EU claim it to be undemocratic and wasteful, and therefore not in the UK’s best interest to remain a member, while supporters point out the advantages of free trade, cross-border action on issues such as air pollution, and the ability to collectively speak more loudly on the international stage. On 23 June, we shall find out which side has managed to win over the general public.

In the meantime, where in Britain is support and scepticism for the EU strongest? National polling firm YouGov is setting out to answer this question via an interactive map which ranks regions of Britain by their respective levels of support. Deep red indicates extreme euroscepticism, while deep green indicates strong EU support, with a sliding scale in between.

The map confirms relatively high support for EU membership in both Scotland and Wales, especially in regions such as Ceredigion and Stirling. The most eurosceptic regions are all in England, with support for leaving the EU strongest in regions such as Cumbria, Blackpool and Peterborough.

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While most regions of England are at least leaning towards euroscepticism, Wales and Scotland show strong support for EU membership (Image: YouGov)

Central London is confirmed to be one region of England with the strongest support for EU membership, especially in boroughs such as Southwark, Hackney and Camden. However, support wanes as you travel further out from the capital, and eventually reaches some of the highest levels of euroscepticism, such as in Havering – statistically the most eurosceptic part of the entire country.

london mapBracknell Forest, Havering, and Southend-on-Sea (L to R) are all in the top ten most eurosceptic regions of Britain, despite their proximity to very europhilic central London (Image: YouGov)

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