EU referendum poll: How eurosceptic is your town in East Anglia?

EU Referendum Poll: How Eurosceptic Is Your Town In East Anglia?

British Prime Minister David Cameron addresses the media after an EU summit in Brussels (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)


East Anglia s coastal towns and rural heartlands are the most eurosceptic places, our extensive survey of views revealed.

Of the towns we surveyed, Swaffham had the highest proportion of people who would vote to leave, with 67pc of those we spoke to saying they wanted to come out of the European Union.

In Great Yarmouth, Sheringham and Wisbech, more than half of those we spoke to also said they did not want to stay in the alliance.

Norwich was the least Eurosceptic, with 64pc opting to stay in.

The south Norfolk town of Diss also proved to be more pro-European than its neighbours with 58pc saying they would vote to remain.

What did some of the people we spoke to think?

Jonnathan Hicks, 46, Dereham, employed as an international truck driver, will vote to leave.

As I drive through many EU states the only ones who benefit are the former eastern block countries. The majority of people I speak to want the EU to return to its former 10 member states and wish they could have a referendum as most would vote to leave.

Ben Willliamson, 23, a salesman from Attleborough said: I think we should stay in the EU. If we leave,

I think it is going to

make the EU more reluctant to deal with us when it comes to sales, and things like that.

Oli Thomas 26, Dereham would vote to leave. He said: There are too many restrictions on running our own country, we are forced to live by rulings of countries with different ways of living. We pay so much in and get very little out with the added negative of having to take in an unlimited amount of migrants, when there are still thousands of British born struggling and dying or having to wait frankly revolting times for urgent care.

Simona Norvaisaite, 25, sales advisor from Thetford, originally from Lithuania said: I think the UK should vote to stay. People are hoping the country will. All the hard work, in factories and on farms and things like that, they are the sort of places foreigners go to work. English people don t want to do hard work like that. Maybe there do need to be more laws to control the borders.

Ashton Drake, 19, employed from Gimingham near Mundesley, said: I think we should leave as we have been getting so much trouble from the EU and most of my friends think the same. I believe we contribute too much compared to other countries and it would be better if we could get our independence back.

I don t think the politicians are telling us the full facts and are keeping information under the cover.

Nigel Lynn, 69, is retired and lives in Wisbech. He said: As well for trading, I do think the union is a good thing. I feel that because we re united that prevents the European countries ever going to war with each other again.

Full-time mum Raminta Kelpsaite, 39, who lives in Yarmouth town centre said she was from Estonia so free movement had benefitted her, but said she could see why Britons wanted a vote.

In my country we wanted out of the Soviet Union and then we were quite happy, but then the EU takes over as a new big body.

When richer countries have to support poorer countries, I can see why that is not always what they want.

Bob White, 64, who lives in North Walsham where he also owns a shop, will be voting to leave the EU.

I don t see it as a party-political question. It s about the identity of the country – the way people feel about it. We are not in control of our own destiny, We re having to double-check and get permission from the EU.

For businesses, we re having to implement rules and regulations not made by our parliament, which weakens our parliament.

There s also the huge expense of the EU parliament – it s an unnecessary level of bureaucracy which costs an incredible amount of money.

William Brown, 17, is a student from Clenchwarton, near King s Lynn. He said: We should stay in the EU because if we were ever to get into trouble, like what happened with Greece last year, I d like to think that the EU would also help us out. I think it s important for our country s economic security, if not now, then for the future.

Brian Young, 67, retiree from Thetford said: I think we should vote to leave. I want us to be able to control immigration. If we cannot control our borders and the amount of immigration, I would vote to leave.

Sandra Skinner, 61, is retired and lives in Wisbech. She said: I think we should get out. I saw somewhere that 65m goes out of this country each week and we need it here, for our own roads and our own hospital. I didn t want us to go in there in the first place, and now is definitely the time to leave.

Matthew Nurse, 30, works in retail and lives in Grimston, near King s Lynn. He said: I personally think that we put more in than we get out of it. We all hear that other countries get the benefits. Enough is enough – we should leave.

Leslie Lister, 65, Lowestoft, retired, I think we should leave because I ve been to Madrid and throughout Europe several times recently and they don t enforce the rules there, that we have to follow here.

David Fish, 24, from Great Yarmouth, said: I think that we should vote to leave the EU. So much money goes out of the country that I think should go towards services here that need more funding such as health. I think we contribute more than we need to if you compare us to other countries around Europe.

The people of Fakenham were the most indecisive with 55pc saying they did not know what they would do in our poll.

There were more eurosceptic voters in the areas where the UK Independence Party did best.

The overall Eastern Daily Press and East Anglian Daily Times EU referendum poll which included Norfolk, Suffolk, east Cambridgeshire and north Essex saw 38pc of the 1,280 people we polled stating they wanted to leave, while 34pc wanted to remain and 28pc were unsure.

David Cameron (pictured below) will call an immediate Cabinet meeting on Friday if he secures a deal on his renegotiation of Britain s EU membership at this week s Brussels summit. This will effectively fire the starting gun on the referendum battle.

Eurosceptic ministers are set to be given the green light to campaign for a leave vote in the poll expected on June 23.

Mr Cameron had come under pressure from ministers to bring Cabinet forward, after telling them that the requirement for collective responsibility on Europe will not be lifted until the government position on the EU referendum has been decided at the meeting.

Eurosceptics argued that forcing them to wait until the next scheduled Cabinet on the following Tuesday would allow the in campaign to steal a march in the vital first few days of the campaign.

They said it would leave the PM free to proclaim the merits of the deal in weekend TV interviews and a statement to the Commons on Monday, while colleagues remained gagged.

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