12 maps and charts that help explain the EU referendum

Louis Dor
Tuesday 21 June 2016 15:30
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Only two more days. Only two more days of debates and rebates and political teammates.

Only two more days of false £350m figures and scaremongering and your racist uncle Barry telling you what's what.

The end is so close the country can taste it, and we all are screaming maniacally for its arrival, like tortured souls in a political purgatory.

But it is not here yet, so here's a load of charts and maps.

1. It's largely Scotland, London and Northern Ireland that will keep us in if we vote to remain

If it were down to England and Wales (minus London) we'd be out very fast.

2. In fact, Scotland bloody loves the EU

A recent map of Euroscepticism by YouGov showed that five of the top ten most Europhile areas in Britain were in London, the rest being in Scotland and Wales.

3. Meanwhile the national newspapers have a Brexit bias

Analysis of front page stories since 23 May by Press Gazette found that on the whole, the media is dominated by Brexit-positive stories.

We wonder why.

4. If you shop at Morrisons and Sainsbury's you're more likely to vote 'Leave' than shoppers at Tesco or Asda

5. Leave supporters are more likely to think that the referendum will be rigged

The poll, by Yougov for LBC, found 28 per cent of all voters believe Thursday’s referendum is rigged, compared to 64 per cent of Ukip supporters and 46 per cent of Leave voters.

6. People think Brexit may trigger a second Scottish Independence referendum

7. But they don't think it'll affect banks in the city

8. Or our 'special relationship' with the US

9. Meanwhile, as the chart by our friends at Statista shows, the majority of the population in EU countries want us to stay

Countries like Luxembourg, Estonia, Cyprus and Finland are standing outside our window with a boombox, whereas Greece and Ireland are only sending the occasional needy text.

10. Germany pays the most, yearly, to the EU, while Poland and Greece have got the most out of the EU, according to European Commission figures.

11. However, Belgium, Luxembourg and Sweden are worse off when you factor for population

Using Eurostat population averages for the same time period, it appears these countries pay more per person, although in Belgium and Luxembourg's cases this can be linked to EU infrastructure.

12. Despite getting a lot out of the EU, Greece and Poland write a long list of countries they think are better off

Interestingly the country most commonly listed as superior in the data collected by the World Economic Forum is Switzerland, which isn't even in the European Union.

Although whether this is to do with the fact it has long established financial institutions, is a tax haven, is one of the worlds most developed and wealthy countries and is full of idyllic alpine scenery, chocolate and cheese, is not for us to say.

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