Saturday 15 December 2018

BREXIT: Wales votes to leave Europe

Supporters of the Stronger In campaign react after hearing results in the EU referendum at London's Royal Festival Hall. Rob Stothard/PA Wire
Supporters of the Stronger In campaign react after hearing results in the EU referendum at London's Royal Festival Hall. Rob Stothard/PA Wire
Supporters of the Stronger In campaign react after hearing results in the EU referendum at London's Royal Festival Hall. Rob Stothard/PA Wire

Benjamin Wright

The Leave campaign have chalked up an emphatic referendum win in Wales.

Brexiteers claimed victory in Wales with one result still to go - after a Cardiff Remain win failed to cause a swing for those wanting to stay in the EU.

Supporters of the Stronger In campaign react after hearing results in the EU referendum at London's Royal Festival Hall. Rob Stothard/PA Wire
Supporters of the Stronger In campaign react after hearing results in the EU referendum at London's Royal Festival Hall. Rob Stothard/PA Wire

The Leave camp led the contest in Wales right from the off - claiming the first 10 councils.

Among the early victories for Leave were Wales's second city Swansea as well as several traditionally Labour areas including Newport, Caerphilly and Merthyr Tydfil.

Turnouts in Wales have also been a lot higher than in UK and Welsh Assembly elections - with Monmouthshire topping 76.2%.

The result is in stark contrast to Wales's Celtic cousins in Northern Ireland and Scotland - where there was strong support for the Remain campaign.

Supporters of the Stronger In campaign react after hearing results in the EU referendum at London's Royal Festival Hall. Rob Stothard/PA Wire
Supporters of the Stronger In campaign react after hearing results in the EU referendum at London's Royal Festival Hall. Rob Stothard/PA Wire

Conservative MP and former Welsh Secretary David Jones, a vocal critic of the EU, said he was delighted but not surprised by the result.

He said: "The people of Wales have voted to leave the EU by a compelling margin.

"This is a very important day for Wales.

"I'm also pleased that Wales is the only nation so far to vote to leave the EU.

"I think people from an early stage people have shown their concern about the EU and the way it was encroaching on their everyday lives."

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