Dis­ap­point­ment and shock af­ter coun­try’s sur­prise EU exit vote

Macclesfield Express - - BARNABY FESTIVAL -

PEO­PLE in Mac­cles­field voted to re­main in the EU – buck­ing the na­tional trend.

A break­down of lo­cal votes shows 54,912 peo­ple (54 per­cent) voted to stay in the Euro­pean Union, while 46,164 (46 per­cent) wanted a Brexit.

How­ever, in Crewe the leave camp clocked up 66,999 votes (55.7pc) in the ref­er­en­dum, as op­posed to 53,050 votes (44.1pc) for the re­main.

It meant that over­all the ma­jor­ity of peo­ple in Cheshire East (51.2pc) voted to leave, com­pared to the 48.8pc who voted to stay.

There was only 5,201 votes be­tween the two camps. The turnout was 77.3pc. Fig­ures for the Mac­cles­field area also in­cluded part of the Tat­ton Con­stituency.

Vast swathes of the coun­try also voted to leave, trig­ger­ing a mo­men­tous day in the coun­try’s his­tory.

The re­sult prompted Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron to re­sign and now means the UK has started the com­pli­cated and con­tro­ver­sial process of leav­ing the Euro­pean Union.

Both leave and re­main camps in Mac­cles­field ex­pressed their shock at the re­sult.

Mac­cles­field MP David Rut­ley, who cam­paigned to re­main, said: “The peo­ple have spo­ken and I fully re­spect the will of the peo­ple to leave the EU on this mo­men­tous day. I con­grat­u­late the leave cam­paign on its suc­cess­ful re­sult.

“I will do all that I can to help de­liver our exit in a way that best serves the in­ter­est of our coun­try and to mit­i­gate any short term fi­nan­cial chal­lenges as well as to re­alise the new op­por­tu­ni­ties that lie ahead.”

Mr Rut­ley said he sad­dened but not sur­prises by Mr Cameron’s de­ci­sion to re­sign.

He said: “The Prime Min­is­ter has achieved a lot while in of­fice to get our econ­omy back into shape and put a firm fo­cus into im­prov­ing life chances. It has been an hon­our to serve in a small way as an aid in his gov­ern­ment. But given the de­ci­sion of the pub­lic I un­der­stand why he has de­cided to step down af­ter the ref­er­en­dum re­sult.”

Coun­cil­lor Les­ley Smetham, who rep­re­sents Gawsworth ward for Cheshire East Coun­cil, was in favour of re­main.

She said: “It’s ter­ri­bly de­press­ing. I am ex­tremely dis­ap­pointed.”

Amanda Stott, Bolling­ton First coun­cil­lor on Cheshire East Coun­cil, said it was the right choice for the coun­try. She said: “I was as shocked as any­one that sen­si­ble voices have won the day. We have the op­por­tu­nity to con­trol our­selves, makes rules our­selves and bring it all back to Bri­tain, and hope­fully make a bet­ter place for our young­sters.”

Read­ers of the Mac­cles­field Ex­press had their say on the ref­er­en­dum re­sult.

Emma Ed­wards said: “I’m sick of all the doom and gloom, we wanted a ref­er­en­dum and we got it. Just be­cause some peo­ple don’t like the re­sults it’s tough, we now need to use all of that neg­a­tive en­ergy and pull to­gether to make it a pos­i­tive.”

Carol Reeves said: “Sad sad day for Eng­land.”

Jake Smith said: “We don’t have a clue how leav­ing is go­ing to af­fect us, could be good, could be bad.”

David Willdig said: “Think any leader who voted for “in” should re­sign as it’s ob­vi­ous they are not in touch with the peo­ple. Do a Cameron. They won’t tho will they.”

John Wil­liams said: “Oh well done folks of Cheshire East. Hope you’re proud of your­selves and will re­mem­ber this day in the fu­ture when you look for some­one to blame.”

Janet Reeves said: “We need to pull to­gether as a coun­try now and take con­trol. We won a war against all odds come on put the Great back in Great Bri­tain.”

Julie-Anne Gal­loway said: “I voted re­main, and I am dis­ap­pointed. How­ever, just be­cause other peo­ple dis­agreed with me, I’m not an­gry at them.

“They had their rea­sons, I had mine, and there’s noth­ing any­one can do now ex­cept to just carry on and see what hap­pens. There were al­ways go­ing to be dis­ap­pointed peo­ple to­day no mat­ter which way it went. There’s no point get­ting an­gry about it, it’s just a waste of en­ergy that will achieve noth­ing.”

Coun Amanda Stott and MP David Rut­ley gave their re­ac­tion to Bri­tain’s EU exit

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