Cornwall’s Brexit vote in context

brexit-and-cornwallThe media have included Cornwall as part of ‘Brexit Britain’. But let’s put June’s vote in context. The Brexit vote was not that much higher in Cornwall than in large swathes of Wales and southern England. Devon, Somerset and Gwent, along with Bedfordshire, Cumbria, Tyne & Wear, Warwickshire and West Yorkshire, were all less than 2% more likely to vote Remain. This is a marginal difference. And in part it’s explained by the higher numbers of elderly voters and those with no qualifications in Cornwall when compared with several of these other places. They were the groups most likely to plump for Brexit. Meanwhile, equally large chunks of middle and eastern England (and north-east wales) were more Brexit-inclined than Cornwall.

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