Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan, who campaigned for a Brexit, is ‘thrilled’ this morning after Northumberland and the country voted to leave the EU.
The first-term Conservative MP said: “It’s really exciting that across Northumberland, across the North East and across the whole country that people have voted to take back control of our great nation so we can drive it forward with that pioneering spirit as we have always done and can do again into our bright future.”
Reflecting on the fact that Northumberland voted clearly in support of leaving – by 54 per cent to 46 per cent – she added: “I’m thrilled as this referendum was about the lost voices. In Northumberland, as elsewhere, that view has been upheld very clearly. It gives me, as a Brexit politician, a clear mandate to go to London and get the best deal possible moving forward.”
And the current volatility in the financial and currency markets is an expected but not long-term problem, according to Mrs Trevelyan.
“The reality is that this major referendum was always likely to create uncertainty, that was factored in. The markets made an assumption about a remain vote which turned out not to be the case. Markets are predictably volatile when they get things wrong and I expect them to settle down in a few hours as the new political reality settles in. The outlook is for a bright future.”
Earlier, Northumberland County council leader Grant Davey expressed serious concern for jobs and services and called on the Government to protect Northumberland from any loss of European funding and to seek clarity regarding the north east devolution deal which included making decisions locally about the allocation of EU funding.