Euro-Skepticism Strongest in North, East England, YouGov Says

  • Havering in northeast London is most Euro-skeptic area of all
  • Scotland, Wales, inner London show most support for Europe

Euro-skeptic attitudes in the U.K. are strongest in parts of northwest and eastern England, according to research by polling company YouGov Plc that shows where backers of an exit from the European Union may be concentrating their efforts in the run-up to the June 23 referendum.

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Havering on the northeast edge of London is the most Euro-skeptic of 188 local-government areas ranked by YouGov using profiles of more than 80,000 adults on its panel of respondents. Also among the top seven areas are Peterborough and Southend in eastern England, and Blackpool, Blackburn and Warrington in the northwest, the polling company said on its website.

The most pro-European areas are concentrated in Scotland, Wales and London, YouGov found. Ceredigion in west Wales comes top, followed by the northeast Scottish city of Aberdeen. Five London boroughs, led by Lambeth and Camden, are among the top 10.

“The Euro-skepticism of various areas partly correlates with lower income,” YouGov said, though there are strongholds in more wealthy, Conservative-leaning rural areas. “Support for remaining in the EU almost always is concentrated in geographically smaller, urban areas.”

Prime Minister David Cameron called the referendum on EU membership after striking a deal with fellow leaders in the 28-member bloc earlier this month that gives the U.K. the possibility of curbing welfare payments to newly arrived workers from other EU countries. Nationwide online polling of voting intentions has been inconclusive, though less frequent telephone surveys have generally shown double-digit leads for staying in.

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