Brighton and Hove votes Remain as Britain votes Leave in EU referendum 

Posted On 24 Jun 2016 at 5:48 am

Brighton and Hove has voted overwhelmingly in favour of Remain as Britain votes to Leave the European Union in the referendum.

David Cameron has resigned as Prime Minister with a replacement to be elected within three months. Talks about Britain’s exit from the EU will be conducted by his replacement.

Councillor Tom Bewick, the Labour leader of the local Leave campaign, said that Brighton and Hove had as so often bucked the trend and should be congratulated for that.

The immediate job, he said, for all politicians and officials was to ensure stability.

Almost seven in ten voters (68.55 per cent) backed Remain on a turnout of 74.05 per cent.

Of 146,829 voters, 100,648 backed Remain and 46,027 voted Leave.

Of 154 spoilt papers, 49 people marked Leave and Remain, 6 voters identified themselves and 99 ballot papers were uncertain.

Brighton and Hove City Council chief executive Geoff Raw declares the EU referendum result at the Dome in Brighton

Brighton and Hove City Council chief executive Geoff Raw declares the EU referendum result at the Dome in Brighton

Nationally 17,410,742 voters (52 per cent) opted for Leave with 16,141,241 choosing Remain.

Leave campaigner Councillor Steve Bell said: “I am ecstatic to see the voices of ordinary people have spoken and dismissed project fear for project hope.

“This is a new dawn for the UK today but nothing will change straight away as this is only the beginning.

“Although we have voted to leave the EU, we need to make clear sound measured decisions to ensure stability.

“We must be mindful to bring all the people of the UK with us along this journey and keep them informed at all times.

EU referendum ballot paper 23 June 2016

“We do have exciting times ahead as we start to take back control and see the UK enter the global stage negotiating our own trade deals and retaking a seat at the WTO.

“This is a time to start investing in our country and looking after services which need more financial aid.

“We need to concentrate on adult social care, mental health, homelessness, more school places, more doctors’ surgeries and our NHS.

“And with the money we will save from leaving the EU we can start to make a difference to people’s lives.”

Councillor Steve Bell

Councillor Steve Bell

Former Hove MP and Remain campaigner Ivor Caplin said: “I’m delighted at the result that we have achieved in Brighton and Hove.

“It’s an incredible achievement to get over 100,000 votes. It makes clear that Labour is the dominant force in the city.

“This is tinged with huge sadness about what has happened in the rest of the country.

“It’s not the decision I wanted but both political parties will have to give serious consideration to the result.

“It’s not just about the leadership of both parties, although that has to be considered, but also about the policies that you can offer to an increasingly sceptical electorate.”

Former Brighton councillor Keith Taylor, Green Party MEP for the South East, said: “British people are angry and disillusioned with politics as usual.

“They’ve expressed those sentiments today by voting to leave the EU.

Councillor Tom Bewick

Councillor Tom Bewick

“After a bitter and unedifying campaign, the most important task now is unifying our divided communities.

“I will now be joining my Green colleagues in mobilising alongside the trade unions, environmental groups and others to defend our hard-won employment rights and environmental protections.

“The old political party system is not representing people’s views, that is the one message this referendum has sent loud and clear.

“Politics as usual in the UK is no longer tenable. Britain’s two-party state is clearly failing.

“Greens are calling on all sides to come together to fix British democracy – starting with electoral reform for the House of Commons and elections to the House of Lords.

“The democratic deficit will not be fixed by leaving the EU – we need to look closer to home now.

David Dimbleby fronted the BBC live coverage of the EU referendum in a tie from Brighton tailor Gresham Blake

David Dimbleby fronted the BBC live coverage of the EU referendum in a tie from Brighton tailor Gresham Blake

“What worries me now is the fate of many Europeans who have made Britain their home. Leave campaigners said they will be able to stay – and we expect them to honour that commitment.

“But what about people who have made plans to come here to join their family, or the British people who have saved up for a lifetime to move to Spain?

“The prospect of shutting down the right to free movement is frightening, as are the long-term consequences of a campaign that has at times pitted neighbours against one another, whipped up fear, courted hatred and allowed lies and myths to take the place of truth.

“Britain deserves better and I am joining my colleagues in pledging anew to fight against division in our communities.”

  1. Darryl Reply

    Can somebody please sit Ivor Caplin down and explain to him that nobody voted for the Labour Party. Narcissism in the extreme!

  2. Geoffrey Seaman Reply

    Just to state the obvious; Scotland votes to Remain, Northern Ireland likewise, not just Brighton and Hove

  3. Charles Wunderman Reply

    This wasn’t a vote against the EU. It was a long-pent-up (35 years or so) lashing-out by a long-neglected working class who felt they had no longer had any voice or political representation. Personally I wasvery deeply saddened by what I felt was an expression of raw emotion, not logic or thought. The two party system has failed. The whole system has failed. So masses of people vented their fury on the EU. Sad. Very, very sad. With tragic results to come.

  4. Chuggsymalone Reply

    Ivor Caplin is clearly a man who either doesn’t know what the word ‘tinged’ means. To claim the local result – which doesn’t count tuppence – is an incredible achievement ‘tinged with sadness about what has happened in the rest of the country’ – which is all that does matter – is moronic. It is the national result that was tinged with the consolation prize of a good showing in Brighton & Hove.

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