Manchester’s Strong Remain Vote – A Look at How The City’s Boroughs Voted

June 23rd, a day that will be remembered in history. But the real effect of the Brexit vote wasn’t really felt until the following day, June 24th. The day David Cameron stepped down as Prime Minister following his failed attempts to persuade the British public to vote to remain in the European Union.

Looking at Areas around England and how they voted you wouldn’t be blamed for thinking the vast majority of Manchester was of the opinion that the UK should stay in the EU. It had the strongest Remain vote in the whole of the North West at a staggering 60.4%.


Map Source: Financial Times 

The Map above shows which way areas of the UK voted. Blue areas being remain and the Green being leave. Manchester, highlighted in the circle, is represented as being completely remain, this shows how the city as a whole voted but the consensus from it’s individual districts is very different, in fact the majority of it’s boroughs voted to leave.


The diagram above shows a selection of local Manchester areas and how they voted. It is clear to see that the majority of local boroughs voted to leave, yet Greater Manchester it’s self made it’s desire to remain very clear with a 60.4% vote.

From analysis it is seen that it’s Manchester more deprived areas who voted leave. It could be suggested that the voters of these boroughs were voting for a change, voting for and end to immigration in the area or and end to unemployment among it’s residents.

You can find out more about how areas of the UK voted using the interactive map on the Financial Times website


One of the biggest concerns for people in Manchester is the impact Brexit is going to have on businesses in the City. The ‘Northern Powerhouse’ scheme, proposed by the Conservative government in 2010, is to see Manchester’s economy grow and for transport links between the North’s major cities dramatically improve.

In 2014 Manchester signed the Devolution Agreement, which TfGM describes as the Largest shift of power from the capital to a local area in a generation. All these plans hope to see Manchester thrive and become, essentially, a second capital for the UK. The plans include a new high speed railway HS3. £1.2bn of investment will be put into Northern and Transpennine services for extra services and new vehicles. New tram networks will be built through the city connecting businesses and homes.

Trafford Park, the regions largest business and industrial hub, will receive a huge economic boost and the new Metrolink line extension will help this.


While these grand plans and generous budgets seem to promise a bright future for Manchester, many resident and MPs alike are worried for the future of their region once Article 50 is triggered.


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