Friday, 18 June 2021

Nation wakes up to historic referendum

HENLEY MP John Howell says he is "disappointed" at the UK’s decision to leave the European Union

HENLEY MP John Howell says he is "disappointed" at the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.

More than 30 million people voted in yesterday’s (Thursday’s) historic referendum with the Leave campaign winning by 52 per cent to 48 per cent.

Prime Minister David Cameron, who campaigned for Britain to remain in the EU, announced his resignation this morning (Friday), saying he will stay on until October.

The referendum turnout nationally was 71.8 per cent, the highest total at a UK-wide vote since 1992.

In South Oxfordshire, a total of 46,245 voted to remain in the EU with 37,865 voting to leave. The turnout was 80.8 per cent.

In Wokingham borough, 97,551 people voted, a turnout of more than 80 per cent.

A total of 55,272 voted to remain in the EU, while 42,229 voted to leave and 50 ballots were rejected.

Councillor John Cotton, leader of South Oxfordshire District Council, who voted to leave, wrote on Twitter after the local result was announced: “Slightly sad, but no real surprise that former Heseltine seat (almost) is EU-friendly.”

In another tweet, he said: “Unity is here already. Now the work to withdraw begins together.”

Henley MP John Howell, who voted to remain, said: "I’m very pleased to see that South Oxfordshire overwhelmingly voted to remain and I think that is a good result.

“I’m disappointed in the overall result but now is the time for the party to pull back together, we have a country to run and a world to pursue.”

Mr Howell said the result was always going to be close.

“It could have gone either way, it went the way it did and one just has to accept that,” he said.

He said Mr Cameron had always said he was going to leave office before the next general election, adding: “I think he’s an honourable man who’s doing the right thing.”

Henley Town councillor Kellie Hinton, a member of Henley Residents’ Group, wrote on Twitter: “Bye bye, David Cameron. Today is a beautiful day, sunshine and winning decisions. Couldn't be happier to wake up.”

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