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EU referendum: How many west Londoners tried to vote Leave AND Remain?

The 50/50 choice proved too much for some west Londoners in the EU referendum, as figures reveal many chose BOTH on their ballot paper

People had to have their vote discarded after voting for both Leave AND Remain in west London

London may have been more uncertain when it came to the European Referendum, after the Electoral Commission revealed over 500 people voted for both leave and remain.

Newly released figures showing the number of ballot papers deemed "invalid" in each west London authority counting area suggested the choice of Brexit was too much for some voters, who crossed both boxes.

As many as 509 people across west London put a cross in the boxes for both staying and leaving the European Union, with a further 646 people leaving their ballot papers unmarked.

In both cases this renders the vote void and none of these ballots were counted towards the final totals.

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London as a city had a landslide remain vote, with only five boroughs choosing to leave the EU.

The debate was a ferocious one at times, and the Leave and Remain camps clashed often up until voting day - but few appeared to have a foot in both camps as these votes suggest.

Brent had the highest proportion of invalid ballot papers in the country, with 267 rejected ballots - the equivalent of nearly 22 in every 10,000 ballots cast.

Harrow had the smallest proportion of rejected ballots at almost 11 in every 10,000, a figure still well above the national average.

Rejected ballot papers show some picked neither box

Across the whole of the UK, a total of 25,359 ballots were rejected by returning officers - the equivalent of close to 8 in every 10,000 ballots cast.

Of this number, 9,084 included votes for both remain and leave while a further 15,207 papers were rejected because they had no marks on them at all.

A petition for the capital to become independent from the rest of the UK grew as a result, collecting a staggering 179,000 since the outcome was announced.

However, Prime Minister David Cameron quickly ruled out a second vote for hopefuls, supported by London Mayor Sadiq Khan who urged remain voters to respect the national vote and focus on working towards protecting its economy.

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