Big turnout in Portsmouth for EU referendum

PEOPLE from all walks of life have been casting their votes in the EU referendum across Portsmouth today.

Thursday, 23rd June 2016, 2:35 pm
Updated Thursday, 23rd June 2016, 3:38 pm
People at the polling station at The Wesley Rooms, in Copnor Road, Copnor, Portsmouth, for the EU Referendum PPP-160623-135255001

Reports from tellers at the polling stations in the city say that initial turn-out have been high.

Retired Percy Crichett, from Southsea, went to the station in Wimborne Road.

He said: ‘It is important to vote because the EU is costing this country too much money by supporting other bnankrupt European states.

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‘We are governed by faceless European politicians. It seems to be crucial that we vote to leave that system.

‘It will be interesting to see what happens.’

Student Joseph Brickley-Wood, 18, from Milton, said he was voting to Remain.

He said: ‘I’m sticking with it. I have listened to the debate and the Leave campaign seems mainly to be about immigration.

People at the polling station at The Wesley Rooms, in Copnor Road, Copnor, Portsmouth, for the EU Referendum PPP-160623-135255001

‘I do not see immigration as a massive problem and I think being part of the European Union brings more benefits than it takes away.’

He encouraged people to vote. He said: ‘Everyone should vote. It is an important decision and even if you don’t agree with my view, people should go and vote. As long as you are informed, and have made a decision, don’t let anyone change your mind.’

Also in Southsea, actor Christopher Marlowe, who plays the dame each year in the King’s Theatre panto, was casting his vote.

He said: ‘Everyone should vote but it has been so difficult with all the scaremongering.

People leaving the polling station at Wimborne Junior School, in Wimborne Road, Southsea, for the EU Referendum PPP-160623-135242001

‘It is extremely difficult to know what to do for the best. We have been badgered and there’s been scaremongering that has made people, especially older people, feel very confused.’

In Copnor, hundreds of people have gone to the Wesley Rooms, in Copnor Road, to cast their votes.

Barrie Jones, from the Vote Leave campaign, was acting as a teller outside the station.

He said there has been a large turn-out so far.

People go to the polling station at Wimborne Junior School, in Wimborne Road, Southsea, for the EU Referendum PPP-160623-135227001

Barrie, from North End, said: I estimate 500 to 600 people have been through the door so far today. There’s been a very good turn out so thank you the people of Portsmouth.’

People leaving the polling station at The Wesley Rooms, in Copnor Road, Copnor, Portsmouth, for the EU Referendum - with a teller for Vote Leave PPP-160623-135308001
People at the polling station at The Wesley Rooms, in Copnor Road, Copnor, Portsmouth, for the EU Referendum PPP-160623-135255001
People leaving the polling station at Wimborne Junior School, in Wimborne Road, Southsea, for the EU Referendum PPP-160623-135242001
People go to the polling station at Wimborne Junior School, in Wimborne Road, Southsea, for the EU Referendum PPP-160623-135227001
People leaving the polling station at The Wesley Rooms, in Copnor Road, Copnor, Portsmouth, for the EU Referendum - with a teller for Vote Leave PPP-160623-135308001