Wigan voters delivered a resounding “Leave” message in last week’s referendum ... but what were the reasons behind their decision?
The 63.9 per cent in favour was the biggest Brexit majority anywhere in Greater Manchester and Merseyside.
So in the aftermath we asked those who had voted leave, via our Facebook page, why they had done so, creating one of the biggest political, social and economic earthquakes in British history.
Here are some of the responses:
Gareth Lee said: “Unfair trade and agricultural policies. Also the destruction of British farming was a reason I wanted to leave.”
Sandra Browitt said: “It was the right thing to do. Everything has gone to the pits: steel, farmers, shops, fishermen. We want to be Great Britain again.”
We have police spending cut, NHS spending cut, fire service spending cut, but we are paying a fortune to be in a group of countries. If you were struggling to pay for food and your living costs would you pay a fortune to be part of a group?David Cozens
David Paget said: “Do not want to be told what to do by the EU we have UK politicians do it.”
Pee Wee wrote: “The bigger question is why would 40 per cent want to remain in?!”
Gladys Hollingsworth said: “Because I believe it was the right thing to do!”
Brian Seddon said: “We can now negotiate better deals with countries outside of the EU; for example countries like Mexico, an emerging industrial nation, and Australia, India and China.”
Garry Woods said: “I voted out but not for the reasons they keep saying on the telly which is making people look racist.”
Geoff Unsworth said: “You can’t class immigration reasons in the same bracket as race and hatred reasons. Immigration reasons had a lot to do with winning the Out vote and rightly so when people are struggling for work and unskilled EU migrants are flooding the labour market, keeping wages low and job opportunities to a minimum.”
Angela Marsh wrote: “I voted to leave for our children. In 1980 when I was 18 I was earning £109 per week after tax which is equal to £325 a week now, but with wages being repressed by flooding our market with too many low payed workers, our children are being given zero hours contracts, they are now lucky to even get the same wages I got 30-plus years ago. When Jeremy (Corbyn) became leader, Labour already had its own policy. But now is Jeremy’s chance to change the Labour Party to what the people want, as we have to have a new general election, as all policies were in the EU. Now new policies will have to be changed for in Britain we need change. Please stick with Jeremy and we can get a better life together as a great country.”
Margaret Cox said: “I voted ‘leave’ because leaving the EU can’t be any worse than staying in it. The more people involved in decision-making the fewer decisions get made.
“I think everyone needs pull together now and stop all this arguing.”
Gareth Jones wrote: “I did it to give my kids a chance of a better, self-determined future. It seems like the majority of the would-be Remain youth don’t want that though as only 35 per cent voted.”
Diane Herring: “I voted out to get Great Britain great again. We were OK before we joined and we will be OK for the future. I don’t want Brussels to take away our culture. If loving your country and wanting to see it great again is racist, as some people seem to be saying, then I’m racist and proud!”
Geter Gowen said: “We’ve never really been ‘in.’ More like paddling in the low tides. I believe our economy and trade can become stronger as an independent country.”
David Cozens wrote: “We have police spending cut, NHS spending cut, fire service spending cut, but we are paying a fortune to be in a group of countries. If you were struggling to pay for food and your living costs would you pay a fortune to be part of a group?”
Martin Lawrenson said: “Because our laws should be made by people that we vote for to represent us in our nations parliament for the national interest.”
Sean Holt said: “I voted out because we pump a lot more into Europe than Europe pumps into us. Oh, and for the future of my children.”
Lynn Roberts said: “Because it was the right thing to do in my opinion, we were ok before the EU and we will be OK again.”