Readers of two neighbouring North West dailies say they would no longer back leaving the European Union following fresh polls run by the newspapers.
Both the Bolton News and the Wigan Post surveyed their readers on the issue in the run up today’s triggering of Article 50, which will allow formal negotiations between the United Kingdom and the EU to begin over the country’s exit from the organisation.
The Post’s poll received 2,759 votes with 75pc opting for remain.
In contrast, last year’s referendum results for Wigan borough saw 63.9pc in favour of leave and 36.1pc in favour of remain on a turnout of 163,273 (69.2 per cent).
The Post splashed on the poll’s result this morning as officials prepared to deliver the letter starting the Article 50 process to Brussels, after Prime Minister Theresa May signed it last night.
Editor Janet Wilson said: “Although our results may not represent a complete turning of the tide in terms of support for Brexit they show the initial wave of optimism has been replaced with a sober reality of an uncertain future.
“We decided, as Article 50 is triggered, our front page should reflect the apparent change of heart by our readers.”
In Bolton, 58pc of the electorate backed leaving the EU on 23 June last year. However, the latest survey by the News shows 54pc of the 1,083 readers who voted online would opt to stay if asked now.