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Tuesday 28 November 2023 Dublin: 3°C

Brexit: How the major cities voted

Many voted to remain within the EU.

THE UK HAS voted to leave the EU in a shock decision that has sent the pound sterling crashing to its lowest level in 31 years.

England and Wales voted in favour of a Brexit, but Scotland and Northern Ireland backed a remain vote.


The result was not reflected in the UK’s major cities, many of which voted to remain within the EU. Here’s a breakdown of the votes:

EU referendum PA Wire / Press Association Images UKIP Leader Nigel Farage at a Leave party in London last night. PA Wire / Press Association Images / Press Association Images


A total of 53.4% of people in England voted to leave the EU. However, this was not reflected in its major cities, most of which voted to remain.

Of its major cities, only Birmingham voted to leave, with a tight result of 50.4% (Leave) to 49.6% (Remain).

As predicted, London voted in favour of remaining, but Bristol, Liverpool and Manchester also voted overwhelmingly in favour of remaining.

Birmingham: LEAVE: 50.4% REMAIN: 49.6%

Bristol: LEAVE 38.3% REMAIN: 61.7%

Leeds: LEAVE: 49.7% REMAIN: 50.3%

Liverpool: LEAVE: 41.8% REMAIN: 58.2%

London: LEAVE: 40.1% REMAIN: 59.9%

Manchester: LEAVE: 39.6% REMAIN: 60.4%

EU referendum PA Wire / Press Association Images PA Wire / Press Association Images / Press Association Images


Scotland voted overwhelmingly to remain in the EU, with 62% of voters backing a ‘Bremain’. Edinburgh had the highest remain results of 74.4%. Its first minister, Nicola Sturgeon said Scotland had delivered “a strong, unequivocal vote to remain in the EU”.

“The vote here makes clear that the people of Scotland see their future as part of the European Union,” she said.

Aberdeen city LEAVE: 38.9% REMAIN: 61.1%

Edinburgh city: LEAVE: 25.6% REMAIN: 74.4%

Glasgow city: LEAVE: 33.4% REMAIN: 66.6%

EU referendum PA Wire / Press Association Images PA Wire / Press Association Images / Press Association Images


A close vote in East Belfast saw the Leave side winning by just over 1,000 votes. However, the rest of Belfast voted to remain in the EU, with a final result of 55.8% in favour of staying. Sinn Féin this morning said it now wants to hold a border vote on a united Ireland.

Belfast East: LEAVE: 51.4% REMAIN: 48.6%

Belfast North: LEAVE: 49.6% REMAIN: 50.4%

Belfast South: LEAVE: 30.5% REMAIN: 69.5%

Belfast West: LEAVE: 25.9% REMAIN: 74.1%

EU referendum Rob Stothard Rob Stothard


The Welsh result was relatively close, with 52.5% in favour of leaving the EU. In its capital, Cardiff, the result was decisively in favour of remaining.

Cardiff: LEAVE: 40% REMAIN: 60%

Read: BREXIT: The UK has voted to leave the European Union

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