VIEW FROM THE HOUSE

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION - CH­ERYL GIL­LAN MP for Che­sham and Amer­sham

THERE is no doubt that the re­sult of the Euro­pean Ref­er­en­dum pro­duced shocks.

Only a very, very philo­soph­i­cal ob­server would be suf­fi­ciently de­tached to meet ev­ery­thing that has hap­pened with to­tal equa­nim­ity.

There should be no tri­umphal­ism about the re­sult, but we have to ac­cept that we must work from the start­ing point that the United King­dom voted to leave the Euro­pean Union. There was a high turn-out and the cam­paign was closely ar­gued through­out. Vot­ers were able to ex­am­ine the case for them­selves, as in­di­vid­u­als. This was an elec­tion where each and ev­ery voter spoke as an in­di­vid­ual, rather than elect­ing a rep­re­sen­ta­tive. This was di­rect democ­racy in ac­tion. Although de­ci­sive, it was a close re­sult and for that rea­son we have to be re­spect­ful and con­sid­ered about the next stages of this process. While for some peo­ple the Euro­pean Union was con­fin­ing, other peo­ple de­rived strength from it. For that rea­son, the steps to­wards re­leas­ing the UK from this re­la­tion­ship must be taken in a con­sid­ered fash­ion.

The Prime Min­is­ter has cho­sen to step down and, when the House of Com­mons met again af­ter the ref­er­en­dum, I com­mended Mr Cameron, the Chan­cel­lor and the Gov­er­nor of the Bank of Eng­land, who acted swiftly to re­store calm to the mar­kets, to strengthen con­fi­dence in our coun­try and econ­omy.

David Cameron said that there will not be a se­cond ref­er­en­dum and that the work ahead is to de­liver the out­come of this ref­er­en­dum, seek­ing the best pos­si­ble deal for a new re­la­tion­ship with the EU. The House of Com­mons will have a great deal of work and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties through­out this process. All MPs are lis­ten­ing to all the rep­re­sen­ta­tions from our con­stituents with im­mense care.

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