‘De­ci­sion for the peo­ple, not politi­cians’

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

CHE­SHAM and Amer­sham MP Ch­eryl Gil­lan has wel­comed the re­sult of last week’s ref­er­en­dum.

The UK voted to leave the EU af­ter 51.9 per cent (17,410,742 peo­ple) voted to leave and 48.1 per cent (16,141,241) voted to re­main.

Mrs Gil­lan, who backed the Vote Leave cam­paign, said: “Mil­lions of peo­ple through­out the coun­try voted in the ref­er­en­dum and clearly the ma­jor­ity sup­ported a fu­ture for the UK out­side the Euro­pean Union. This is democ­racy in ac­tion.

“In vot­ing Leave, the elec­torate have given an in­struc­tion to the Gov­ern­ment that they must ne­go­ti­ate a new re­la­tion­ship with our Euro­pean neigh­bours and re­turn power to our own Par­lia­ments and As­sem­blies.

“The de­ci­sion was not for politi­cians but for the peo­ple and it was right for the gov­ern­ment to give peo­ple this choice as so many in­di­vid­u­als felt in their hearts that our democ­racy had less­ened over the past decades, af­fect­ing all as­pects of our daily lives, as well as the right to self-de­ter­mi­na­tion.

“We all had one vote each and the re­sult shows us the way for­ward. This coun­try has all the qual­i­ties to suc­ceed in our own right and not as an ad­junct to oth­ers.

“We now need to con­tinue to build a suc­cess­ful na­tion grow­ing our global mar­kets, max­imis­ing on our en­ter­prise and in­no­va­tion and re­main­ing a pow­er­ful friend to Europe but now one that can be self-de­ter­min­ing and in­de­pen­dent.”

Chiltern, which cov­ers Mrs Gil­lan’s Che­sham and Amer­sham con­stituency, voted to stay in the EU with 32,241 peo­ple vot­ing re­main 32,241 and 26,363 vot­ing leave.

A higher per­cent­age of vot­ers in the Chiltern Dis­trict went to the poll than any­where else in main­land Bri­tain, with Chiltern hav­ing a turnout of 83.6 per cent.

The na­tional turnout was 72.2 per cent.

Mrs Gil­lan was thrilled with Chiltern’s high turnout.

She said: “It was a dif­fi­cult day for vot­ing be­cause of the ex­treme weather con­di­tions, but peo­ple take their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties very se­ri­ously in Buckinghamshire and we al­ways have a high turn-out.”

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