South West Norfolk MP and environment secretary Elizabeth Truss has paid tribute to prime minister David Cameron after he announced his resignation in the wake of Britain’s Brexit vote.
Voters in the borough voted two to one to leave the EU in yesterday’s referendum, while the national vote showed 52 per cent in favour of Brexit.
In a statement issued within the last few minutes, Ms Truss, who had campaigned for a Remain vote, said: “The British people have spoken and we must now move forward. I will work with all my colleagues to achieve a successful outcome for Britain leaving the EU.
“I was saddened to hear the Prime Minister announce his departure. His statement was dignified and honourable.
“He has done a great job of moving the UK forward and the next Prime Minister will inherit a dynamic and driven country.”
Meanwhile, the head of Lynn’s campaign to remain in the EU has described the vote to leave the organisation as a “Black Friday” for West Norfolk and the nation.
Robert Colwell, the lead volunteer for the King’s Lynn Stronger In campaign, said a short time ago that it was a “sad day.”
He said: “I am very worried for the future of the most vulnerable people in society.
“The pound has crashed against every other currency. The FTSE has dived and it truly is a Black Friday.
“I hope, hope, hope that the younger generation don’t grow up to resent their parents and grandparents for this and have the opportunity and chances we all had.
“I am a proud British European and I always will be.”
But, earlier, Matthew Hannay, the co-ordinator of the Vote Leave campaign in West Norfolk, said he was “thrilled” by the result.
He said: “We put forward the positive case for coming out of the European Union and I’d like to thank those who voted to leave and rejected the Project Fear from the Remain camp.
“We now have a Parliament that is sovereign. We can hire and fire those we elect and we can be a global trading nation trading with the most vibrant and competitive markets.”
And he maintained the falls on financial markets would only be short-term because of the underlying strength of the British economy and the pound.