Letchworth Christmas shoppers take part in People's Vote survey
PUBLISHED: 12:01 01 December 2018
Campaigners who surveyed shoppers in Letchworth have found that many back a People's Vote, and would like to remain in the EU.
The poll, which was set up at the town’s Christmas lights switch-on on Saturday, revealed that 82 per cent of those asked said the electorate should have a say on the terms of Britain’s exit, rather than the government or MPs.
When asked about an outcome they would like to see, 69 per cent said they would rather remain in the EU than go ahead with Theresa May’s deal or have a no deal Brexit.
Volunteers for the national People’s Vote campaign, including Sarah Wright, set up a Brexitometer in the town centre and spoke to members of the public.
Sarah said: “It was a pleasure to meet the residents of Letchworth and talk to them about Brexit.
“Over two and a half years since the referendum, all Theresa May has come up with is a deal that no one wants.
“The deal is highly damaging for the UK as it costs us over £40bn, while leaving us half in and half out and with no say in Brussels anymore.
“That is a view shared by many who voted leave as well as those who voted remain.”
Only eight per cent of those asked in Letchworth said they supported the Prime Minister’s deal.
There was plenty of lively discussion and people of all ages queued up to express their views, some well-known festive figures among them.
In the 2016 referendum on the UK’s EU membership, North East Hertfordshire voted 51.4 percent to leave.
North East Herts MP Sir Oliver Heald recently implied that he would be voting in support of Theresa May’s draft plan.
He said: “Although it is a compromise, it was always going to be.
“I think the Prime Minister has shown great resilience and courage in reaching this stage and I intend to support her.”
The campaigners intend to send the Brexitometer to Sir Oliver, who voted to remain, and urge him to take into account his constituents’ views on Brexit and the deal.
The views that Letchworth shoppers expressed on the Brexitometer are reflected in hundreds of similar campaigns all over the country, including in the nearby constituency of Hitchin and Harpenden.