Brexit crisis: Sheffield split on PM, petition and People’s Vote

The petition to cancel Brexit has highlighted the split in public opinion across Sheffield and South Yorkshire.

Around 12% of people in Sheffield Central and over 15% of Sheffield Hallam constituents have now signed the petition, which has amassed over five million signatures.

In Sheffield, Brightside & Hillsborough, that figure drops to less than 4% of residents.

Doncaster has seen only 3,050 (3.09%) put their name to the plea for a second vote.

More people in Sweden and Belgium have signed to support revoking Article 50.

Green Party Councillor Douglas Johnson said he can understand views from across the city and county on the Europe question.

He said: “The motivation behind Brexit is about the fact that people are suffering, in Sheffield, across the county and across the country.

“Because people are suffering, they’re angry and they lash out. That was said to be one of the drivers behind people voting to leave.”

Mr Johnson added uncertainty over the issue has put Sheffield City Council in a very difficult position.

“There are no concrete plans. It very much seems to be a case of ‘wait and see’,” he said.

There was a similar feeling of ‘get on with it’ was expressed by members of the public in Sheffield city centre today.

But there were also many who had lost their passion for the Brexit cause.

“I voted to come out and I’d say leave well alone now. I know it’s going to cost a lot of money, but it’s costing a lot of money now,” one former leaver told us.

On whether the public respect the Prime Minister, opinion in Sheffield is more sympathetic than may be expected.

“I think she’s trying her best and just keeps being shouted down. If you look at her, she’s worn out and it’s not helping really with everyone getting on to her,” another leave voter added.

However, one Sheffield resident believed a second referendum is the best way forward.

They said: “I don’t respect Theresa May, she’s had two votes so far in Parliament and they’ve been defeated.”

As the political turmoil shows no signs of abating, Sheffield – just like the country as a whole – remains frustrated, confused, and divided on Brexit.