5 things we learnt from Article 50 petition map about how UK feels about Brexit

Over three million people and counting, in the UK have signed a petition to Revoke Article 50 and remain in the European Union.

London mayor Sadiq Khan has added his voice to a resounding cacophony as millions of people across the country urge Prime Minister Theresa May to reconsider leaving the EU.

The parliament petition is the website’s fastest growing one to date, with some 2,000 people signing it every minute at one point.

At the time of writing, the campaign has had 4,026,180 signatures.

Unboxed, who work with the Parliament petitions team, created a map to illustrate petition signature patterns across different constituencies.

The darkest constituencies tend to be smaller as they are cities and urban areas with a higher population density.

So what can we learn from the map?

Constituents in the Greater London area are the most engaged in the campaign to revoke Article 50

The Greater London area tended to be the most pro-EU part of the country, with more people signing the petition in relation to the population size of the constituency than anywhere else in the country.

The most popular areas for the petition appear to be Remain strongholds

It appears that the most popular areas for the petition are the same constituencies that voted Remain. Cambridge (14.1 per cent), Bristol West (16.5), Brighton Pavilion (15.6), Manchester Withington (11.52) are just some of the many red and orange –dotted areas that are popular with the petition.

Conservative Boston and Skegness, the constituency with the highest percentage to have voted Leave (75.65) unsurprisingly has one of the lowest signature numbers to revoke Article 50.

Just 491 people signed the petition in Boston and Skegness. They're not the only ones.

The constituencies with the highest percentage to vote leave, often more than 70 per cent of the population, are lagging behind with signatures for the Revoke petition.

Stoke-on-Trent, a constituency that voted overwhelmingly to leave, had just 1.38 per cent of its constituents sign the petition. Similarly, Walsall North had a tiny 0.95 per cent (or just 916 people) and Clacton had 1.69 per cent.

Hackney North and Stoke Newington on the other hand, leads the charge with some of the highest signatures by percentage

In contrast, Hackney North and Stoke Newington have some of the highest numbers of signatories.

It may have something to do with being in the capital, and it may have something to do with the fact that they're urban populations.

Some 12.02 per cent of the population, 16,304 people, signed Revoke Article 50, some of the highest numbers in the country.

Over three million is no small number, and it demonstrates a need to engage with Brexit - in some way.

Hundreds of thousands of people are planning to take part in a People’s March on Saturday.

It may well be the last opportunity to demand a Final Say on Brexit.

The organisers of the rally, the People’s Vote campaign, say the debate needs to be taken out of parliament and into the streets.

“Instead of letting Theresa May kick the can down the road until the 29 March deadline, hundreds of thousands of people will march on parliament offering a solution to a crisis that threatens our rights, our living standards and our environment,” said former Green Party leader Caroline Lucas.

Do the constituencies of the main Brexit MPs reflect their views on the subject?

What about the main Brexit MPs? Are their constituents compliant with their views on whether we should remain or leave the EU?

Theresa May - Maidenhead

The prime minister will ultimately be the person who is most remembered for the Brexit saga, no matter what happens.

In her constituency of Maidenhead, the population appears to be as stubborn as she is on the issue with just 8.37 per cent of the population, a little shy of 9000 people have signed the petition.

Although it's only a small number its still surprising to see some people rebelling against May in her own constituency.

Jeremy Corbyn - Islington North

The opposition leaders stance on Brexit has been shall we say...ambiguous. Although Labour opposed leaving the EU they seem committed to following through with the result of the referendum.

Unsurprisingly a lot of people who are Labour supporters also want to stay in the EU and as Corbyn's constituency is in the heart of North London it won't be a surprise that the folks of Islington North want article 50 revoked.

More than 18,000 people in the consistency have signed the petition, which is around 16.27 per cent of the population.

Jacob Rees-Mogg - North East Somerset

More than 93,000 people live in Jacob Rees-Mogg's constituency in North East Somerset and given that he is one of the most prominent Brexiteers his stance on the issue his being translated by the people that voted for him.

A little over 7000 people have signed the petition which is just 7.79 per cent of the population. Clearly whatever Rees-Mogg is saying in Somerset is working for some.

Boris Johnson - Uxbridge and South Ruislip

What about the man that created this entire mess? No, not David Cameron but the man that ran against him in the referendum and was the face of the Vote Leave campaign, Boris Johnson?

His constituency of Uxbridge and South Ruislip, just on the outskirts of west London, is surprisingly behind their MP, with just over 5,000 people signing the petition, a little short of 5 per cent of the areas population.

Although he's not a cabinet member any more and has contributed as much to the Brexit negotiations as your average Twitter troll, Johnson's people still want out of the EU.

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