A panel of contributors—including Justine Greening and Kate Hoey—share their opinionsby Prospect Team / June 24, 2016 / Leave a comment
Yesterday, Britain voted to leave the European Union by 52 per cent to 48. The result—which was a huge shock to campaigners and pollsters—became clear in the early hours of this morning. David Cameron, who fiercely campaigned for a “Remain” vote, announced his resignation earlier today. He said: “I think we should have a new Prime Minister in place by the start of the Conservative conference in October.”
The vote—decided upon by a huge turnout of 33.6 million voters—has shaken Britain. Along with Cameron’s resignation, a no-confidence motion has been submitted against Jeremy Corbyn, and Nicola Sturgeon has said that a second Scottish independence vote is “highly likely.” The pound has hit a 30 year low.
Just what is behind this momentous result—and what happens now? Have the catastrophic effects of Brexit been exaggerated—or are we in real trouble? Below, a panel of contributors offer their thoughts.
We must try to make a success of this
Justine Greening, Secretary of State for International Development and MP for Putney:
It was right to hold this referendum on our membership of the European Union, delivering a key manifesto pledge on which the government was elected only a year ago.
The referendum outcome of Brexit is not the path I—and indeed almost half the voters, especially many young voters—wanted for our county. Nevertheless, it is now our duty to overcome the serious challenges Britain will face as it leaves the EU, and in doing so, to try to make a success of this decision. It’s vital that a Britain outside the EU still delivers jobs and opportunities for our young people.
I hope a lasting legacy of this referendum will be a brand new generation of new voters taking their place in our democracy. In doing so they can make it stronger to cope with whatever lies ahead.
I am proud of Labour supporters
Kate Hoey, Co-Chair of Labour Leave