Sunday 26 March 2017

Brexit: Sunderland vote Leave with significant margin of victory

Staff manhandle ballot boxes at the Lindley Hall, Royal Horticultural Halls, London, where votes from the City of Westminster and City of London are being counted after the polls closed in the EU referendum. Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Staff manhandle ballot boxes at the Lindley Hall, Royal Horticultural Halls, London, where votes from the City of Westminster and City of London are being counted after the polls closed in the EU referendum. Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Sunderland have voted Leave.

This was predicted by pollsters - but the margin was significantly higher than expected.

Counters and agents at the Lindley Hall, Royal Horticultural Halls, London, await more ballot papers from the City of Westminster and City of London after the polls closed in the EU referendum. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday June 24, 2016. See PA story POLITICS EU. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Counters and agents at the Lindley Hall, Royal Horticultural Halls, London, await more ballot papers from the City of Westminster and City of London after the polls closed in the EU referendum. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday June 24, 2016. See PA story POLITICS EU. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Some 51,931 people opted to vote Remain while 82,394 voted Leave.

The turnout was 64.8pc.

The Margin of victory was 30,464.

According to official results, 61.3 percent of voters in Sunderland backed leaving the bloc, above the 56.5 percent predicted by J.P. Morgan in analysis published before the vote.

Sunderland, one of the first few results to declare, has a large number of older, lower income voters who polls show are more likely to back so-called "Brexit". If Leave had not been strongly ahead here, it could have indicated they would struggle to break through in areas less favourable to Brexit.

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