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How we left the EU, in 5 charts

24th June 2016

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The referendum is over and Britain is leaving the EU. The country is reeling from a close result of 51.9% to leave and 48.1% to stay.

Let’s take a look at those numbers in more detail.

Map showing the divide of Leave and Remain votes in the UK

Large swathes of the South West and Midlands voted to leave the EU, whilst Scotland, Northern Ireland, Gibraltar and London voted to remain.


By breaking down the results by region, we can see how close the referendum actually was – with many regions reflecting the national result.

Leave edged Remain in the South East, North East and North West, as well as Northern Ireland and Wales. Scotland and London, however, voted Remain in much larger numbers.

Top 10 Leave SNAPPA

Boston and its neighbour South Holland in Lincolnshire voted most overwhelmingly to leave the EU, with a whopping 75.6% and 73.6% of the vote respectively.

They are closely followed by another seven districts with more than 70% of the vote.

Top 10 Remain SNAPPA

Gibraltar returned a stunning 95.9% of votes for Remain, followed by seven London boroughs all above 74%. Edinburgh and East Renfrewshire also make it into the top 10 with 74.4% and 74.3% respectively to stay.


Turnout was high at 72.2% compared to the general election, which drew 66.1% of voters.

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