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As Brexit petition hits 5 million – how many in SE London have signed?

With the Brexit petition almost at five million signatures at the time of writing (12:30pm) and Teresa May’s days in office looking numbered (again) I thought it’d be interesting to see what variation there is when it comes to people signing in each constituency.

News reports have highlighted some of the areas with the highest number of people signing, but what about in South East London?



Firstly, there is huge variation across London in the numbers signing let alone this area. Islington and Hackney are near 18% of voters. Whilst in Erith and Thamesmead it’s 3.8%.

Woolwich and Greenwich next door is near 14%. Lewisham and Deptford is at 17.4%. Leave voting constituencies across Bexley and Dartford are around 5%. Eltham is 9%.

Some of the difference across London, let alone the country are vast. Of course you’d expect areas that voted leave to have less participants – but to this extent at six times the difference?

Outer west London has low levels of participation around 3-4% compared to south west areas such as Richmond at above 19%.




You can see variation by constituency by clicking here. I’m sure there’s a million reasons given for the variation which I don’t really want to go through as we’d be here all day, though wealth and socio-economic background appears to be playing a role. Stating the obvious perhaps, but participation rates seven times higher in one part of the same city to another is worthy of note.

The divisions that brought on Brexit, and appear to still be felt very strongly in places are not going to disappear whether the country now leaves or remains.

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10 Comments

  1. Graham

    A lot of the areas with fewer people voting leave have very high number of immigrants settled living and working in these areas from various EU countries or hold EU County passports. So they will not vote themselves to leave the EU being of European Nationality. .

    Hence why London and some of other large cities in the UK have much lower leave voters than the rest of the UK.

    I do i have to say I do actually feel sorry for Theresa May as she is not the only person to delay Brexit, She is carrying out the wishes on of people who voted in large numbers to leave the EU on the 23rd June 2016. Many more MPs need to go for not respecting democracy
    and voting to delay the Brexit process themselves. I am not in politics but do feel we have to respect the result of the 23rd June 2016 referendum result. Whatever, our personal views or how we voted.

    • gwst

      `So they will not vote themselves to leave the EU being of European Nationality`
      Europeans living here (contributing and paying taxes) for 5/10/20+ years had no right to vote. Fair enough if that’s the rule, but somehow people from Burundi, India, Australia arriving a week before the referendum did have that right.

  2. anonymous201486

    A referendum on leaving the EU was one of the stupidest things I have ever heard.

    If you ask a room of people who wants chocolate, some will say no and others yes. However, if when the chocolate arrives it’s one you hate, do you still want it? A people’s vote is now unlikely, but it would have been interesting to see if Brexit still means Brexit now that we know the terms of the EU withdrawal agreement.

    Democracy isn’t a one time thing and people change their mind.

  3. Sim

    Brexit means Brexit and we’re going to make a success of it.

  4. Graham

    We are still a democratic country and we cannot keeping having referendums and local and general elections each time a section of the Country, Parliamentary constituency or Local Council Ward do not agree with the result of the said referendum or election.

    Brexit does indeed mean Brexit, MP’s need to stop delaying the process and putting obstacles in the way. They now all need to start working together to exit the EU. Hopefully with some form of a deal. But we could get no deal by default.

  5. A Better Greenwich

    @Sim.. you are making a success of Brexit? Good luck.

    For now it is just jobs losses across the board….and we are just at the beginning.

    None has explained yet how we are planning to replace all the funding that we were getting from EU for example for the education or for the infrastructure development , or the funding coming from taxes paid from workers in particular in London.

    It will be interesting to see how this will impact the Welfare which is very honerous to provide for.

    Such a success, that after 2 years we still not have a deal for the exit.

  6. Graham

    What about the billions the UK pay to the EU every year. They only give the UK back a percentage of what we pay to them. The UK France and Germany top up the rest of the European Countries in the European Union and are the three countries which contribute the most in to the EU year on year.

    However, the UK Government should be now telling us exactly what the money which we will no longer pay to the EU after with exit will be ring fenced to be spent on. Ie. the NHS, Defence, Education and Emergency Services including Policing Fire Brigade ambulance Services etc which everyone in the UK relies upon.

    • A Better Greenwich

      There will be less money ….no more money..the balance will be negative…unfortunately

  7. Graham

    MP’s need to deliver Brexit as per the result of the 2016 referendum. When people instructed the Government and all MP’s come to that to exit the UK from the EU. Another General Election is simply not the answer,

    Most people I have spoken to including friends and colleagues said the two main reasons for voting to leave the EU was to restrict freedom of movement and immigration in to the UK and for the billions of pounds paid to the EU each year to be spent on public services in the UK instead,

    We need to start more employment training courses including construction training courses funded by the Government so we can help our young people to train for employment and again a trade so we can feel any gaps in employment that may arise in the future after Brexit and beyond.

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