Article 50 petition reveals big geographical and political divide

Over six million signatures have now been added to the petition to revoke Article 50 – but a breakdown of the data shows some striking geographical and political variations.

Of the top 50 constituencies with the highest proportion of constituents to have signed the petition, more than half, 27, are in London and seven are in Scotland.

Several cities with large university populations, Oxford, Cambridge, Sheffield and Manchester, also appear in the top 50.

By contrast the bottom 50 contains just one constituency in London (Dagenham & Rainham) and none in Scotland.

Instead there are a number of seaside towns (Cleethorpes, Blackpool, Great Yarmouth and Scunthorpe) along with a large spread of industrial areas in the Midlands and Yorkshire, including Wolverhampton, Walsall, Stoke-on-Trent and Bradford.

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As of 1pm on April 1, the seat with the highest proportion of constituents to have signed the petition is Bristol West (26.6%), whose MP is Labour's Thangam Debbonaire, followed by Brighton Pavilion (25.8%) held by Caroline Lucas of the Greens, and Hornsey & Wood Green (24.8%), held by Labour's Catherine West.

At the other end of the list is Walsall North (2.0%), whose MP is the Conservative Eddie Hughes.

Next is Birmingham Hodge Hill (2.0%), currently held by Labour's Liam Byrne, followed by West Bromwich West (2.2%) held by Labour's Adrian Bailey.

Just over half of the top 50 (26) are Labour seats, with the rest made up of 11 Conservative seats, five SNP, four Lib Dems, three independents and one Green.

By contrast 40 of the bottom 50 are Labour seats, along with just nine Conservatives and one independent.

Brexit has become a tug of war to decide which of these "two Englands" will win and which will lose. This is the wrong approach for anyone who wants a future for this country. Neither can be wished away

— Lisa Nandy (@lisanandy) April 1, 2019

Labour MP for Wigan, Lisa Nandy, 4.3% of whose constituents have signed the petition, tweeted that the figures showed "two Englands with differences in experience and outlook that run much deeper than the current divisions over Brexit."

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She added: "Brexit has become a tug of war to decide which of these 'two Englands' will win and which will lose. This is the wrong approach for anyone who wants a future for this country. Neither can be wished away."

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