Brexit victory – Cumbria votes to leave the EU

COPELAND, Allerdale, Carlisle, Eden and Barrow all voted out in the historic in-out EU referendum vote.

Cumbria has awoke to a UK no longer in the EU as, following voting on Thursday June 23, it has been announced that the UK has voted to leave the European Union as the Brexit campaign passed the finish line with more than 1 million votes – this is roughly a margin of 52% to 48%.

Turnout for the vote was 72.1% – the highest since the 1992 general election.

Copeland Borough Council announced at 3.55am that the Copeland vote was: 14,419 for remain and 23,528 to leave.

Copeland had 54,208 eligible voters with a 70.06% turnout of 37,975.

Copeland MP, Jamie Reed, has tweeted: “Cumbria voted out in a big way – as expected – and in all likelihood voted to move our EU border from Calais to Carlisle in the future.”

70 people counted all Copeland votes in Solway Hall, Whitehaven.

South Lakeland were the minority in Cumbria as they voted remain: with a leave vote of 30,800 and a remain vote of 34,531.

Following the vote to leave the EU the pound has fell to a low it hasn’t seen since the miners strike in 1985 and has nosedived almost 10% to the dollar.

Following the vote David Cameron is to resign as Prime Minister 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.”

More to come…