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No real change in north's Brexit voting pattern

Three years of fierce debate over Brexit, there has been remarkably little change voting patterns

DESPITE three years of fierce debate over Brexit, there has been remarkably little change in the voting pattern when it comes to `Remain' and `Leave' in Northern Ireland.

Although the turnout plunged from 62.69 per cent to 45.1 per cent, there was very little movement in the numbers casting their votes for parties on either side of the debate.

Just over 57 per cent of voters backed pro-Remain parties Sinn Féin, Alliance, SDLP, the Greens and `independent' candidates Jane Morrice and Neil McCann.

This compares with 55.78 per cent in the referendum of June 2016.

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Meanwhile, 42.9 per cent of voters cast put pro-Leave parties the DUP, the TUV, the UUP, UKIP and the Conservatives as their number one choice.

In the referendum there was 44.22 per cent support for Remain.

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In Great Britain, there has been a dispute over how the results should be interpreted, with arguments over whether either of its main parties - the Conservatives and Labour - can be put in either category given the deep divisions between internal factions.

Both Remain and Leave have claimed the results favoured its stance.

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