What you are saying about BBC Brexit documentary which featured Sunderland

BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg, pictured by Dominic Lipinski of PA, will feature Sunderland in her Brexit documentary.
BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg, pictured by Dominic Lipinski of PA, will feature Sunderland in her Brexit documentary.
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Plenty of Wearsiders watched a BBC show which looked at the reasons why Britain voted to leave the European Union.

Sunderland was one of the first cities to declare its result in the EU referendum after the country went to the polls on June 23.

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

In the aftermath of the vote, a New York Times article was widely slammed by civic leaders and residents for its tone, describing Sunderland as a ‘once-proud working-class city’ which ‘never recovered’ from the loss of its shipbuilding industry, with shops which appeared ‘as if out of a time warp’.

In a BBC2 documentary shown last night entitled Brexit: The Battle for Britain the BBC’s political editor Laura Kuenssberg visited Sunderland to speak to residents about why they voted to leave.

Here's what you had to say about the programme:

Cluneastwood wrote: "To have a proper understanding of how the groundswell of protest grew I would have thought that any documentary should have started before the referendum and carried on through for some weeks afterwards to get the proper picture."

Bedan provided his opinion, saying: "Brexit happened because the majority of people in the U.K. had enough of being limited to low wage, low skilled jobs and then being unable to afford to get on the lowest rung of the housing ladder because rich capitalists are making a fast buck in the "buy to let" market by charging exhorbitant rents for poor working class families.

"Meanwhile the greedy FTSE 100 CEO's continue to pay themselves massive salaries on the back of paying low wages and the Tories claim to be powerless to do act when all they need to do is introduce new top rates of tax for the greedy who award themselves huge salaries."

Jeepers Creepers wrote: "The Sky program at 9 on Wednesday will be more fun. They were actually filming the rubbish blowing around the streets and the overflowing litter bins."

On the Echo's Facebook page Alan Wharton wrote: "Blaming the working class? Absolute snobbery rubbish from down south. Also I wonder who the 3 blokes in the club were and how did the BBC find them?"