EU referendum reaction: Huntingdonshire political figures speak

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Huntingdonshire has spoken and voted in what was described as the most important vote of the millennium.

At 4am this morning counting officer for Huntingdonshire District Council Jo Lancaster revealed that the region had voted for Brexit.

Following the news this morning (Friday) political figures from across the region have given their reactions.

After weeks of campaigning for the IN side MP for Huntingdonshire Jonathan Djanogly has said that he will play a part in getting the best deal for the UK.

“The referendum leave vote was not what I wished to see. However, I fully respect it as showing the will of the British people.

“The challenges involved in organising the mechanics of our exit from the EU, together with the terms of our future trading arrangements with the EU and all other countries, will be very significant and urgent. I intend to play my part to ensure that the UK gets the best deals possible,” said Mr Djanogly.

Following the announcement, prime minister David Cameron revealed that he will step down from the position in October saying that “fresh leadership” is needed.

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In response to Mr Cameron’s speech, Mr Djanogly said: “The referendum campaign has created tensions within the Conservative Party. I view it as very important for the sake of my Party and the country, that tensions within the Party and leadership are settled swiftly so that we can move forward together.”

Meanwhile, UKIP councillors throughout Huntingdonshire are celebrating after party leader Nigel Farage hailed the win as the UK’s “independence day”.

UKIP county councillor for St Ives, Councillor Paul Bullen said: “I’m on top of the world. It is a huge relief after all the hard work that we have done over the last however many years. It is everything we have worked for and now the British public agrees – well the majority.

“This is one of the greatest days in the history of our country.”

Also speaking in the wake of the vote, Richard Howitt MEP for Cambridgeshire, who in a letter to constituents, said: “Politics are based on the principle of consent and we have to accept that the popular will is for Britain to leave the European Union.

“I pledge to continue to uphold those responsibilities for as long as I remain as your Member of the European Parliament.

It proved impossible to overcome the years of acceding to Euroscepticism in British domestic politics, in the few short weeks of a referendum campaign.”

As well as political figureheads, business representatives have also given their reaction to the vote.

Chief executive of Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce John Bridge said: “In the lead up to the referendum businesses told us very clearly that the uncertainty over the future was directly impacting upon their investment plans which were being intentionally stalled until today’s result.

“The long road of uncertainty ahead is a strong risk to the UK economy and businesses will eagerly await clear guidance from the government over the timetable going forward and a clear strategy to ensure any damage to economic growth caused by delayed investment is not prolonged.

“In the meantime, those same businesses will need to continue to do what they do best – driving growth in their own business, contributing to success in their local and national economies and maintaining the wealth creation that will keep our economy going.”

More reaction to follow.