Green councillor predicts Britain will vote to leave EU

Worthing's only Green councillor has predicted a Brexit after early results looked favourable for the leave campaign.

Friday, 24th June 2016, 2:43 am
Updated Friday, 8th June 2018, 12:46 am
James Doyle

With a handful of results declared across the country, leave holds a narrow lead over the remain vote.

No counts in Sussex have been declared but turnouts of more than 70 per cent have been reported in several areas.

Mr Doyle said: “It looks like the high turnout has actually benefitted Leave; they’re getting better vote shares across the board already.

“Personally, I’m sad that the In campaign didn’t do a better job of offering an inspiring vision of how much we can achieve at the heart of Europe.”

Based on early count declarations an initial indication of the overall referendum result could be made by 4am, but the 12 regional centres have to declare their results before an overall result can be officially announced at Manchester Town Hall, which is expected to happen at some time after 7am.

Unlike general elections there will be no official exit poll, although a number of private companies have commissioned their own exit polls.

Mr Doyle’s prediction of a leave vote was echoed by Labour Lancing parish councillor Lee Cowen.

Mr Cowen said: “Based on early results and reports of a lower than expected turnout in key remain areas, we could be looking at a Brexit.”

East Worthing and Shoreham MP Tim Loughton, who campaigned with Vote Leave, said he was ‘increasingly optimistic’ after the early results.