Copeland MP calls for unified community following Brexit victory

Copeland MP, Jamie Reed, has called for West Cumbria to come together in the time following the Brexit victory for the UK to leave the European Union. The Labour MP […]

Copeland MP, Jamie Reed, has called for West Cumbria to come together in the time following the Brexit victory for the UK to leave the European Union.

The Labour MP campaigned for an in vote for the referendum – but his constituency had a majority out vote of with a remain vote of 14,419 and 23,528 to leave.

Mr Reed said: “I voted and campaigned to remain and it is therefore incredibly disappointing that the UK has clearly voted to leave the European Union.

“I have always been clear that I would respect peoples’ decision to vote to leave, and I understand the frustrations that have been expressed across Britain and in particular, West Cumbria.

“It is an indictment of the UK today that many people have voted to make their lives worse because they don’t believe that life can get better.

“This referendum has changed the UK in a fundamental way. All too often, the debate could be characterised as confusing, frustrating and hateful. That’s why the real hard work of national healing and national renewal must begin today.

“A healing process, whereby families and communities on opposite sides of the debate come together, must now begin. Crucially, politicians, including my own party, must learn from the frustrations expressed by so many people about public services, job opportunities and fair wages. But we should be clear; we are in unchartered waters and the ramifications of this result, including the potential break-up of the United Kingdom, are yet to unfold.

“As we move forward, it is clear that we must redouble our efforts to stand up for those communities that felt so let down that they believed their lives couldn’t get any worse. We need to listen, learn, think and innovate. Because that’s what the Labour Party is all about.”

Mr Reed commented on the state of the pound – which has the pound has fallen to a low it hasn’t seen since the miners strike in 1985 and has nosedived almost 10% to the dollar.

The Labour MP also raised his opinion to the future of the government.

He said: “The pound has fallen to a thirty one year low. I will work night and day to ensure that the plans for our area continue and that our prosperity is secured and it is absolutely clear now that David Cameron and George Osborne should leave at the first opportunity. They have damaged and diminished our standing in the world. They have lost the country and they are unable to negotiate on behalf of Britain’s best interests in the days, weeks and months ahead.”

The Prime Minister stepped down following his speech earlier this morning [Friday June 24] after saying he cannot be the ‘captain of this ship’ and wants to put a new PM in place by October.

At some point, Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon will be put into motion by the new Prime Minister- formally notifying the intention to withdraw, starts a two-year deadline, after that, the Treaties that govern membership no longer apply to Britain.

The terms of exit will be negotiated between Britain’s 27 counterparts, and each will have a veto over the conditions.

In the 59 years of the European Union no country has left, therefore the rules in article 50 are brief.

The results have show a clear divide in England and Scotland and has prompted Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon to raise the prospect of another Scottish independence referendum.

After all 32 local authorities voted to remain she argued the vote: “makes clear that the people of Scotland see their future as part of the European Union.”