Documentary makers focus on Sunderland’s part in Brexit aftermath

Fisherman Arthur Mole  meets Faisal Islam, Sky News's political.
Fisherman Arthur Mole meets Faisal Islam, Sky News's political.
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Sunderland’s part in the decision to leave the EU will be put under the microscope as a documentary looks the issues facing now facing the UK.

It will be the second time this week the city has been featured in a prime time programme looking at the lasting impact of Brexit after it became one of the first to vote Britain should leave the EU in the referendum held on June 23.

Sunderland was one of the first cities to declare its result in the EU referendum after the country went to the polls.

A total of 82,394 Wearsiders voted to leave the EU in the referendum, 61% of the 134,400 votes cast.

Last night, Brexit: The Battle for Britain saw the BBC’s political editor Laura Kuenssberg visit Wearside as she analysed the outcome and what it means next as part of a BBC2 programme.

What you are saying about BBC Brexit documentary which featured Sunderland
Tomorrow, Sky News will broadcast Out and Proud: Where Brexit Leaves Us Now, taking an in-depth look at the reasons behind the decision to leave the EU.

Sky show Out and Proud: Where Brexit Leaves Us Now  looks at Sunderland and the EU referendum.

Sky show Out and Proud: Where Brexit Leaves Us Now looks at Sunderland and the EU referendum.

The hour-long programme will air at 9pm and is fronted by its political editor, Faisal Islam.

The documentary’s makers spent a week in Sunderland and its surrounding areas seeking out what lay behind the leave vote and exploring the mandate it has delivered.

On his travels, the journalist spent time speaking with fishermen hoping the shipyards and coal mines will reopen, pensioners at the air show expecting £350million a week for the NHS and to Leave voters who have never voted in general elections and will probably never vote again.

Key players from both the Leave and Remain camps including ex-Ukip leader Nigel Farage, Labour’s mayor of London Sadiq Khan and party leader Jeremy Corbyn, and Conservative MP Theresa Villiers also speak to Faisal about how the Leave vote was won.

To better understand where we are going, we have to first unpick how we came to this.

Faisal Islam

Mr Islam commented: “To better understand where we are going, we have to first unpick how we came to this.

“Only by asking people why they voted Leave, can we establish where the Brexit mandate is going to take the country.

“Theresa May promises that ‘Brexit means Brexit’.”

“But it does matter what the people who delivered the vote, Labour Tory and non-voter actually believe it.”

Faisal Islam meets North Easteners during his visit to the region as he researches his Brexit documentary.

Faisal Islam meets North Easteners during his visit to the region as he researches his Brexit documentary.

Out and Proud: Where Brexit Leaves Us Now will screen on Sky News.

Out and Proud: Where Brexit Leaves Us Now will screen on Sky News.