A local referendum in Thurrock, Essex, at the beginning of April drew 14,590 responses on the subject of holding a national referendum on whether Britain should leave the European Union.
Turnout was fully 30 per cent of the electorate despite the fact that the poll lacked any official status. Of those voting, 89.9 per cent were in favour of a referendum.
The local Tory MP has a majority of 92, and neither she nor her Labour challenger were willing to engage with the referendum.
The poll was organised by the People’s Pledge campaign, a broad grouping of individuals, parliamentarians and organisations campaigning for a national referendum on Britain’s commitment to the European Union. ■