Welwyn Garden City’s Brexitometer says there should be a People’s Vote

PUBLISHED: 08:00 27 September 2018

Dozens of people took part in the informal poll on Saturday. Picture: supplied

Dozens of people took part in the informal poll on Saturday. Picture: supplied

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Dozens of voters took part in an informal snap ‘Brexitometer’ poll in Welwyn Hatfield at the weekend.

Before Labour bigwigs were debating the party’s Brexit stance at the national conference in Liverpool, WGC’s shoppers had their own say on Saturday, September 22.

In an informal poll outside the Howard Centre, the ‘Brexitometer’ posed four statements to passers-by, who were asked to agree, disagree or say ‘I don’t know’ by means of placing coloured dots on a grid.

The statements were:

• ‘Brexit is going well’

Politicians are getting younger and younger every year. Picture: suppliedPoliticians are getting younger and younger every year. Picture: supplied

• ‘Brexit will be good for the NHS’

• ‘Brexit will be good for Welwyn Hatfield’

• and ‘there should be a people’s vote on the final deal’.

Organisers said that there was a lively debate as people of all ages queued to register their Brexit views in small sticky dot form.

The informal snap poll took the temperature on Brexit in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: suppliedThe informal snap poll took the temperature on Brexit in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: supplied

With a healthy smattering of dots across the spectrum, pro-Europe views prevailed as the majority for all questions.

Just four people felt that Brexit is going well - and there was barely enough space for the dots of people who think it isn’t.

There was more of a mix on the question of a ‘people’s vote’ on the final Brexit deal, but the majority by around two-thirds agreed there should be one.

The stunt comes hot on the heels of a Brexitometer in Potter’s Bar, organised by campaign group Hertsmere for EU, which had even more pro-EU findings.

The results were decidedly skeptical about Brexit. Picture: suppliedThe results were decidedly skeptical about Brexit. Picture: supplied

One of the main organisers of the WGC Brexitometer was Liberal Democrat councillor Helen Quenet, who came out with fellow party members and councillors Barbara Gibson and Paul Skoczylas.

Although the Lib Dems are fervently pro-EU, Cllr Gibson insisted that it was not a party political event, saying that the leaflets they handed out were from the non-politically-affiliated People’s Vote campaign.

“This isn’t about parties, it’s about the future of our country,” she told the WHT.

“And people are tired of the power games being played, both within the parties and between them, at the expense of what is right.

The results were decidedly skeptical about Brexit. Picture: suppliedThe results were decidedly skeptical about Brexit. Picture: supplied

“The Brexitometer showed that people in Welwyn Hatfield want to take back control from the Government’s out-of-control Brexit.”

In the 2016 referendum, Welwyn Hatfield voted to leave by 53 per cent.

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