Brexit still matters most to voters in Bermondsey, Peckham and Camberwell – two years later

Neil Coyle and Harriet Harman, who represent the two constituencies, were in favor of remaining in the European Union.

Brexit remains the biggest issue for voters in two of Southwark’s three constituencies, according to a new study.

Residents of Bermondsey and Old Southwark – roughly covering the north of the borough – and Camberwell and Peckham both said Brexit was the area of ​​greatest concern to them. Neil Coyle and Harriet Harman, who represent the two constituencies, were in favor of remaining in the European Union.

Brexit was an unusual choice – just seventeen of the 632 UK constituencies surveyed said the same to researchers at Royal Holloway University. A whopping 460 said the economy was the most important issue, followed by Covid-19 with 153 – including Dulwich and West Norwood, Southwark’s third constituency. The researchers carried out their fieldwork in February and March of this year.

According to a BBC analysis, around 26% of people in Bermondsey and Old Southwark voted to leave. About 32% of residents of Camberwell and Peckham voted to leave.

Professor Chris Hanretty of the Center for Democracy and Elections in Royal Holloway, said: ‘MPs often talk about what’s important on the doorstep – usually when they want to divert attention from another issue. .

“Now, for the first time, we have a glimpse of what is important at the local level. It’s going to be interesting to cross-check those results with what MPs are saying people are telling them.

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