BLACKBURN is alone among East Lancashire constituencies swinging to remain in the EU as Brexit looms.

In the 2016 referendum every borough in East Lancashire voted for Brexit – 46.3 per cent of Blackburn voters backed staying in the EU while 53.7 per cent voted to leave.

But research published by pro-EU campaign group Best for Britain estimates 54.1 per cent of voters in Blackburn would now vote remain while the percentage of leave voters has fallen to 45.9 per cent.

Blackburn is the only East Lancashire constituency to switch from leave to remain, though the gap between the two schools of thought has narrowed considerably according to the data, which was obtained through polling by Focaldata.

Just a third of Burnley voters backed remain in 2016 and the research estimates the number has now jumped to 45.4 per cent.

And in Hyndburn, the percentage of remain voters is estimated to have risen from 34.2 per cent to 41.9 per cent.

Pendle remain voter have jumped from 36.8 per cent to 44.5 per cent while the figure in Rossendale and Darwen has risen from 41.4 per cent to 46.8 per cent.

In Ribble Valley, it is estimated 44.9 per cent of voters would back remain, up from 41.3 per cent in 2016.

Nationally, Best for Britain says research shows a huge shift in number of constituencies that are majority remain, with 112 switching from leave to remain.

The analysis shows there are 341 seats in England, Scotland and Wales with majority support to remain in the EU and only 291 with a leave majority.

According to the data, nearly half of English constituencies would now vote remain, with 97 switching. 257 of 533 English constituencies would now vote to stay. The research suggests the shift is happening mainly because Labour leave voters have changed their minds, particularly in the north of England and Wales.

And Brexit backers Michael Gove, Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg would all see their constituencies swing to remain if the vote was held today, the figures suggest.

The Government has more than 80 technical papers covering potential aspects of leaving the EU without a deal.

The first tranche said a surcharging ban brought in by the EU that blocked millions in extra charges for using debit cards would go, and UK citizens living in Europe face the possibility of losing access to their pension income and other financial services.

But leavers say many of the scenarios that have been outlined will not happen or have been over-dramatised by Remainers.

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