VIEW FROM THE HOUSE
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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