Six years since Brexit - How Hartlepool constituents would vote if EU Referendum was held again

Today marks six years since the UK voted to leave the European Union with a 52% majority.

Thursday, 23rd June 2022, 4:55 am

The historic vote took place on Thursday, June 23, 2016 – and since then, there have been a series of major events in the United Kingdom’s prolonged withdrawal from the EU.

Three different Conservative Prime Ministers have served the country since the referendum result, with two general elections also held between 2016 and 2019.

Voter turn-out for the referendum six years ago was 65.5% in Hartlepool, with 32,071 (69.6%) votes cast in favour of Leave.

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Of the four UK nations, Scotland and Northern Ireland voted to Remain.

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The Brexit transition period ended on New Year’s Eve 2020, after the UK officially left the European Union on January 31 of that year.

New rules on trade, travel and business between the UK and EU then came into effect on January 1, 2021.

Nigel Farage reacts outside the Leave EU referendum party at Millbank Tower in central London on June 24, 2016. Picture: Geoff Caddick/AFP via Getty Images.

As families across Hartlepool, the wider North East and beyond continue adjusting to the changes this new relationship brought, we asked if your referendum vote from six years ago would still stand today – in 2022.

Here is what you had to say on the Hartlepool Mail Facebook page:

Phil Hume-Hopper: “Anyone who'd vote Leave now - which Brexit benefit would you miss if we were to rejoin the EU today?”

Katherine Yarrow: “Resoundingly yes, to stay in the EU.”

A neon sign for the EU Referendum on June 23, 2016. Picture: Rob Stothard/POOL/AFP via Getty Images.

Neil Skerritt: “Yes, best decision this country ever made.”

Bob Sponge: “Has anything changed for the better?”

Derek Turner: “Yes, definitely, do not regret leaving at all.”

Protesters gather in front of the Houses of Parliament as they demonstrate against the EU referendum result on June 28, 2016. Picture: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images.