RESIDENTS have expressed concerns over leaving the EU as fears over a no-deal Brexit mount.

Warrington was one of the areas that voted to exit the EU in the referendum in 2016, with Leave winning 62,487 votes in the town, which amounted to 54.3 per cent.

We spoke to members of the public in the town centre on Friday about the UK’s impending withdrawal from the political and economic union.

In total, 32 people were asked to provide their views, but just four were happy to give them.

Warrington Guardian:

Garry Clarke, from Great Sankey, voted to Remain in the referendum – and he would do the same today.

However, he doesn’t believe the UK will depart from the EU.

He said: "I think it will drag on and on and on and we will just stay in.

"The deal they get might not be what the country wants so I think, if we do leave, there should be another referendum.

"She (Theresa May) was the one who wanted to remain – it has kind of been dumped on her by other people, I think she is doing her best.

“I was most concerned about immigration but I think that will be the same whether we stay or leave.”

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Warrington Guardian:

Andrew Connelly, from Latchford, voted to Leave – a decision he would repeat today.

And he slammed those calling for a referendum on the final terms of a Brexit deal.

“At the moment they are dithering, but I think we still should (leave),” he said.

“They have made their vote and decided – it was out and we should still (leave).

“They are just whingers, most of them have interests in Europe.

“I think it will be better for us (if we leave).”

And he highlighted a key reason he opted to vote Leave.

He said: “A lot of it, like the EU deciding how much fish we could catch, and European countries were being allowed bigger catches than Britain.”

Warrington Guardian:

Peter Marsden, from Penketh, voted to Remain – and would vote the same way now.

He labelled the Government’s negotiations as a ‘shambles’ and believes another referendum on the final terms of a deal should take place.

“I don't think people really had the full information on what they were voting for at the time,” he said.

“I am most concerned about, firstly, what it says about us as a country and, secondly, the impact it will have on our economy.

“I think a lot of people voted for something different to what they thought they were voting for.

“I think the immigration thing was probably a big question and people voted on that basis but I don’t think they took account of what other effects there might be.”

Warrington Guardian:

Simon Kenton, who voted to Remain, also highlighted his fears.

He said: “I would vote the same.

“I think we were lied to at the first referendum.

“We didn’t know what we were letting ourselves in for, now it is all coming clear and I think it is only democracy to put it back to the people and vote.”

He also highlighted matters he is most concerned about.

He said: “My children's future, maintaining my income, maintaining my job, social division, and I am just worried that it sends out the wrong message going forward.”

Furthermore, he commented on under-fire Mrs May’s negotiations.

He added: “It is understandable the stance she has made, there were people who were never going to accept her – and my understanding of the Chequers plan means that we are still subject to the European Union's rules without having a say in them.”

With it being six months before the UK is scheduled to depart from the EU, we asked readers on Facebook if they are happy with how the negotiations are going.

So far, 93 per cent have said ‘no’, with seven per cent saying ‘yes’.