Foyle posts third highest ‘Remain’ vote in UK

Prime Minister David Cameron outside 10 Downing Street, London, with wife Samantha where he announced his resignation after Britain voted to leave the European Union in an historic referendum which has thrown Westminster politics into disarray and sent the pound tumbling on the world markets. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday June 24, 2016. See PA story POLITICS EU. Photo credit should read: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire
Prime Minister David Cameron outside 10 Downing Street, London, with wife Samantha where he announced his resignation after Britain voted to leave the European Union in an historic referendum which has thrown Westminster politics into disarray and sent the pound tumbling on the world markets. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday June 24, 2016. See PA story POLITICS EU. Photo credit should read: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire

Londonderry, one of the only cities in the United Kingdom to share a substantial land border with another European Union member, posted the third highest ‘Remain’ vote in the United Kingdom on Thursday.

A substantial 78.2 per cent of the electorate in Foyle voted against Brexit in the pivotal EU referendum.

Only in the London Borough of Lambeth (78.6 per cent) - ironically the base of Antrim-born Labour ‘Leave’ campaigner Kate Hoey - and Hackney (78.5 per cent), was there a higher vote for ‘Remain’.

The British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar, however, posted the highest ‘Remain’ vote of any electorate with a say in the referendum: 96 per cent of the electorate in Andalusia voted to ‘Remain’ for obvious economic and physical reasons.

Already the caretaker Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo has indicated that whichever government in Madrid is involved in the post-Brexit negotiations between the EU and the UK, it will be playing hard ball over joint sovereignty of ‘The Rock’.

Elsewhere, in Northern Ireland, all the border counties voted ‘Remain’ in large numbers: West Tyrone and South Down (67 per cent); Newry and South Armagh (63 per cent); and Fermanagh and South Tyrone (59 per cent).

And whilst a majority of 56 per cent of the electorate across Northern Ireland favoured ‘Remain’ there was substantial support for ‘Leave’ in several unionist strongholds. East Belfast, East Antrim, South Antrim, Lagan Valley, South Antrim, Strangford and Upper Bann, all areas that return more unionist representatives than nationalists all backed Brexit.

The home base of TUV leader Jim Allister (62.2 per cent) and UKIP leader David McNarry (55.5 per cent) delivered the biggest Brexit polls in Northern Ireland.

Constituencies with a nationalist majority, more mixed constituencies like East Londonderry, South Belfast and North Belfast, and the more affluent unionist constituency of North Down on the other hand, all backed ‘Remain’.

Most of England and Wales, outside of London, swung the referendum for Brexit.

In constituency terms, Scotland voted unanimously to ‘Remain’.