For immediate release
On Saturday 27th October, grassroots campaigners from ‘Best for Doncaster’ returned to Doncaster’s town centre and spoke to local residents on Market Place, asking them for their views on Brexit via their ‘Brexitometer’. Despite the cold weather, 67 people answered the Brexitometer questions, while others spoke to members of the group and to Doncaster Central MP, Rosie Winterton, who accepted the invitation to attend and engage with local residents on the subject of Brexit.
To provide more clarity than previous Brexitometers, the campaigners asked participants to state whether they had voted ‘remain’ or ‘leave’ in the 2016 EU referendum, whether they had been unable to vote, or had opted not to vote or would rather not say. The broken down results show that approximately 1 in 3 (29%) of leave voters feel that Brexit isn’t going well and around 1 in 5 (17%) leave voters want a people’s vote on the final deal, with the option to remain. Overall, 67 passers-by participated in the poll. Roughly half the participants were remain voters and roughly a third were leave voters.
Overall results are consistent with previous Brexitometers held in Doncaster and all over the UK, showing the majority of participants feel that Brexit is not going well and will not be good for jobs or the NHS; the majority of participants support a people’s vote with the option to remain. [see attached chart]
“We managed to speak to a good number and mix of people, despite the cold weather, including some leave voters who, unhappy about how Brexit is going, want a People’s Vote with the option to remain” says ‘Best for Doncaster’ Vice-Chair Giulia Savini. “It was great that Rosie Winterton was able to join us for a while to talk and listen to constituents.”
Doncaster North MP Ed Miliband’s office declined the group’s invitation to attend the Brexitometer due to a prior commitment. Don Valley MP Caroline Flint’s office did not respond to the invitation to attend.
Those who would like to sign the petition for a People’s Vote on the final deal can do so at this link: https://www.peoples-vote.uk/petition
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Frederika Roberts, Chair, Best for Doncaster (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Notes for Editors:
The ‘Best for Doncaster’ group meets monthly (or more often, as needed to organise special events) on Monday evenings from 7-9pm.
Hundreds of Brexitometer results up and down the country (www.brexitometerhq.co.uk) show that there is an appetite (from remain and leave voters) for a People’s Vote on the final deal, in case Theresa May doesn’t deliver on the referendum promises of the Leave campaign.
People can find out more, and sign up (though signing up to attend is not necessary) at this link: https://www.peoples-vote.uk/doncaster_street_stall
There is now also a website where you can type in your postcode and find out what the EU has invested in your area: www.myeu.uk