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EU Referendum: What has EU immigration done for the North West?

Granada Reports is running a special series assessing the impact EU membership has had on different parts of the North West. The latest instalment looks at immigration.

When Britain last held a referendum on Europe in 1975, migration from Europe was minimal.

Now EU migrants make up half of all arrivals here. Our Political Correspondent Daniel Hewitt has been touring the region in a classic 1970's car. This time he visits two towns with different stories to tell.


What's it like driving a Vauxhall Chevette in 2016?

All this week Granada Reports is going back to 1975 - the last time Britain held a referendum on our membership of the European Union.

Our Political Correspondent Daniel Hewitt is touring the North West in a classic car from the period - the Vauxhall Chevette, which rolled off the production line in Ellesmere Port in 1975.

But what's it like to drive in 2016?

The Vauxhall Chevette on its first stop in Blackpool Credit: ITV News
Political Correspondent is driving a Vauxhall Chevette around the North West. Credit: ITV News

EU Referendum: Back to the Future - Europhiles v Eurosceptics

It was the year Status Quo achieved their only UK number 1, Manchester United won promotion back to Division 1, and the Vauxhall Chevette rolled off the production line at Ellesmere Port.

1975 was also the year Britain last held a referendum on our membership of the European Union, and over the next four nights we're going back to the future to what 41 years of EU membership has done for the region.

Tonight, our Political Correspondent is taking the Chevette from Blackpool to Manchester - the most eurosceptic and euro-friendly places in the North West.

EU Referendum: Where it all began - The Extraordinary Story of Stuttgart and St Helens

Some towns have one, others have two or three, but no twinnings are as enduring and perhaps significant than the one between St Helens and the German City of Stuttgart.

In 1957, the Common Market was formed on the principles of trade, co-operation and friendship.

But in 9 years earlier, in the wake of World War Two, St Helens and Stuttgart forged a relationship based on those values, setting an example of the rest of Europe to follow.

Our Political Correspondent has been two both places, to re-tell their story.


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