Potters Bar ‘Brexitometer’ says Brexit is not going well

PUBLISHED: 14:35 17 September 2018 | UPDATED: 09:25 18 September 2018

The 'Brexitometer' on Darkes Lane showed support for a vote on a final EU deal. Picture: supplied by Enfield for EU

The 'Brexitometer' on Darkes Lane showed support for a vote on a final EU deal. Picture: supplied by Enfield for EU

supplied by Enfield for EU

A mini-poll in Potters Bar organised by a pro-EU campaign group has come out in favour of a vote on a final Brexit deal.

Pro-EU campaigners took to the streets in Potters Bar on Saturday (September 15) to take a snap poll of shoppers and their views on Brexit.

The ‘Brexitometer’ was set up on Darkes Lane by campaign group Hertsmere for EU, helped by nearby campaign ‘Enfield for EU’.

It recorded people’s responses to the statements: ‘Brexit is going well’; ‘Brexit will be good for the NHS’; ‘Brexit will be good for the economy’; and ‘we need a vote on the final Brexit deal’.

Passers-by added coloured dots to a grid, with most of the responses taking a decidedly sceptical view of Brexit.

Campaigners on Darkes Lane taking views on the 'Brexitometer'. Picture: supplied by Enfield for EUCampaigners on Darkes Lane taking views on the 'Brexitometer'. Picture: supplied by Enfield for EU

Nobody who took part felt that Brexit is going well, and just one lonely dot indicated that somebody out there thinks it will be good for the NHS.

Hertsmere voted to leave the EU by a margin of just 939 people, or 0.8 per cent of voters, in the 2016 referendum.

A spokesperson for the Enfield campaign said: “Brexit is not a done deal.

“The government is in chaos after botching the Article 50 negotiations, electoral law was breached during the referendum campaign and evidence is emerging daily that leaving the EU will be bad for the economy, jobs and the NHS.”

Campaigners on Darkes Lane taking views on the 'Brexitometer'. Picture: supplied by Enfield for EUCampaigners on Darkes Lane taking views on the 'Brexitometer'. Picture: supplied by Enfield for EU

The mini-poll on Darkes Lane is one of several ‘Brexitometers’ that campaigners have been doing in places like Radlett and Borehamwood.

The campaign group has written to Hertsmere MP Oliver Dowden asking him to take the response into consideration in his parliamentary voting.

Asked about the reliability of such a small poll, Louise McDonald, chair of Hertsmere for Europe, said: “While Brexitometers are not a scientific poll, they are a very visual way of picking up on trends.

“Brexitometers all over the country are showing that many people are unhappy with the way Brexit is going and would like a say on the final deal, with the option to stay in the EU if the deal looks bad.

“This is true even in areas that voted Leave.

“We have similar results from Brexitometers in Borehamwood and Radlett, so this is a real trend, not a one-off.”

The newspaper has reached out to Mr Dowden for comment.

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