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Wales voted for Brexit, but was it the Welsh?

The question of why Wales voted to leave the European Union can in large part be answered by the number of English retired people who have moved across the border, new research has found.

Despite being one of the biggest beneficiaries of EU funding, Wales voted leave by a majority of 52% to 48% in the 2016 referendum - a result that took some analysts by surprise.

However, work by Danny Dorling, professor of geography at Oxford, found that the result could in part be attributed to the influence of English voters.

"If you look at the more genuinely Welsh areas, especially the Welsh-speaking ones, they did not want to leave the EU," Dorling told the Sunday Times. "Wales was made to look like a Brexit-supporting nation by its English settlers."

Around 21% (650,000) of people living in Wales were born in England, with nearly a quarter aged over 65, and the country voted for Brexit by a majority of just 82,000.

Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing
Nothing you can measure anymore
L. Cohen
by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Sun Sep 22nd, 2019 at 03:32:34 PM EST

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