‘Decision for the people, not politicians’
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.”