BIG BREXIT SURVEY: Blackpool’s still for Brexit – but we’re not happy

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Fewer people in Blackpool would vote to leave the European Union if another referendum was held next week, a new Brexit survey has shown.

A whopping 68 per cent of people in Blackpool voted to leave in the original referendum, though the tide has been slowly turning since.

An exclusive Gazette poll last year found a 62 per cent still wanted out, while the latest survey found that figure had dropped to 38.4 per cent, compared to 32.3 per cent who would vote remain, and 29.3 per cent who said they were not sure.

The survey was conducted by Johnston Press, Newsquest and Trinity Mirror with the Blackpool figures compiled from responses via The Gazette’s website.

The majority of people surveyed (47 per cent) said they were not happy with the state of the Brexit negotiations, while 27.3 per cent said they were and 25.8 per cent said they were not sure.

However, nearly six in 10 said they believe Britain would be better off economically outside of Europe, while 83.3 per cent said they would still vote the same way they did in 2016 if a new referendum was conducted.

Blackpool North and Cleveleys MP Paul Maynard said: “We have had a lengthy debate over many years about membership of the European Union and the public have given their view.

“What is now important is delivering on the verdict of the British people which is what the Government is working to do.”

The results came as financial watchdogs said the full cost of the UK’s Brexit divorce bill remains uncertain and could differ from the £35-39 billion figures put forward by the government.

While the National Audit Office (NAO) described the estimate as ‘reasonable’ it stressed the sum was based on a number of assumptions about what will happen in the future.

The total cost of the exit settlement won’t be known until there is more certainty in areas like economic performance in 2019 and 2020, pension costs, and exchange rate fluctuations as the divorce bill will be paid in euros, according to the study.

The latest study was run in partnership with Google Surveys. In Fylde, 57 per cent voted to leave while 64 per cent in Wyre also voted to leave in the 2016 referendum