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Croydon votes to remain part of the EU but UK heads towards Brexit door

Croydon votes to remain part of the EU but UK heads towards Brexit door
Jun 24, 2016 Shaking Hands 0 comments
This post was first published on The Croydon Advertiser on 24/06/2016

Croydon votes to remain part of the EU but UK heads towards Brexit door

Croydon has voted to remain part of the European Union but the UK as a whole has chosen to leave.

The country voted 52% to 48% in favour of ending Britain’s 43-year membership of the EU.

Croydon, like large parts of London, bucked the national trend, with 93,913 (54.3%) supporting continued membership of the EU and 78,221 (45.7%) wanting to leave.

The turnout was 69.9% per cent, lower than expected, with some experts pointing to bad weather in the capital as a possible factor. The turnout across England as a whole was around 72%.

BBC – Croydon voted that the UK should remain in the EU

Labour’s deputy leader Alison Butler said: “Proud that Croydon voted to remain in EU but deeply saddened by today’s events.”

Meanwhile, the Vicar of Croydon, Colin Boswell, said he was “gutted beyond words”.

After polls closed on Thursday Gavin Barwell was among dozens of Conservative politicians who posted almost identical messages on Twitter defending the decision to call the referendum.

“Now we need to come together and respect the decision of the British people,” he added.

After the result was announced, he tweeted: “Proud that my home town and the great city of which it is part rejected the politics of hate and division yesterday.”

Steve Reed, Labour MP for Croydon North, was more diplomatic.

He said: “Croydon voted to remain but Britain didn’t. We must trust the people and respect their democratic decision. A momentous day.”

Croydon South MP Chris Philp said on Twitter: “Both Croydon and London voted In, but the UK didn’t. It is up to us all to implement the decision as best we can, and try to protect jobs.”

The pound fell 3% after the result in Sunderland – strongly in favour of leave – was declared shortly after midnight.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has told supporters that June 23 would “go down in history as our independence day”.

In Croydon, London Assembly member and Conservative councillor Steve O’Connell was the highest profile politician backing the Leave campaign.

He said: “The people have spoken. The establishment lost. Now we move on to a brighter future for our children and grandchildren. Let’s work together.”

Council leader Tony Newman tweeted to say he was “proud” that Croydon had backed remain, but he was “deeply worried” for the UK’s future.