Results of the United Kingdom's European Union membership referendum on June 23, 2016

The United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union in the Brexit referendum that took place on June 23, 2016. Overall, 51.9 percent of people voted to leave the European Union, compared with 48.1 percent of people who opted to remain.

17.4 million vote to leave

Of the 33.57 million people who voted in the referendum, 17.4 million voted to leave and 16.1 million voted to remain. This represented quite a high turnout of 72.2 percent, the highest voter turnout in a UK-wide election since the 1992 General Election.

England out, Scotland in

Except for London, all regions of England, as well as the country of Wales voted for Brexit. The leave vote was strongest in the West Midlands at just over 59 percent, followed by the East Midlands at 58.8 percent. Scotland and Northern Ireland both voted to remain in the EU at 62 percent and 55.8 percent respectively, along with several of England’s largest cities such as Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and Newcastle.

Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?

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Release date

June 2016


United Kingdom

Survey time period

June 23 to June 24, 2016*

Supplementary notes

*No publication date, date accessed 6/30/2016

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