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Speed Data: Why the Remain vote swung sharply—while Leave voters stayed put

8th June defied expectations—and unfolded in very different ways in different kinds of seats

By Stephen Fisher   July 2017

Two nations, two swings

Remainia swung sharply, Leaveland barely budged

Politicians like to talk of “one nation,” but the EU referendum seared Britain into two political halves—and that’s without reckoning with Scotland, dropped from all these numbers because June’s election proved once again it is another country entirely. Across the English and Welsh constituencies that voted “Remain,” Labour surged ahead, making for a sharp swing of 5.7 percentage points. By contrast, in “Leaveland,” there were lots of former Ukip votes to divide, and the Tories picked up more of them. As…

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