REFERENDUM: Amber Rudd and Huw Merriman’s reaction to Brexit and Cameron resignation

Amber Rudd. Picture by Mecha Morton
Amber Rudd. Picture by Mecha Morton

The two MPs in 1066 Country have given their reactions to Prime Minister David Cameron’s resignation and Britain’s decision to leave the European Union (EU).

Hastings and Rye MP, Amber Rudd, who is also energy and climate change secretary, said: “A momentous decision was made overnight by the electorate of the UK.

Huw Merriman

Huw Merriman

“The decision was against my counsel but of course I respect the outcome. I am very sorry to see the Prime Minster go. I will continue to serve the constituents of Hastings and Rye, the electorate who voted for me once again just over a year ago.”

Bexhill and Battle’s MP, Huw Merriman, paid his respects to Mr Cameron via Twitter.

He tweeted: “Absolutely devastated to have lost David Cameron as my PM. A class act in everything he has ever done. A terrible loss to our country.”

Both MPs supported the Remain campaign.

Mr Merriman said: “Yesterday voters decided the future of the UK would be best served outside of the EU. Having not campaigned for either side, I opted to cast my own vote to Remain.

“Now we are leaving, I will be working hard to ensure we put the UK on a firm footing outside of the EU.

“Our United Kingdom is the fifth largest economy in the world. I am confident that we will remain a great nation and that we will build a new deal which makes us even stronger.

“I am aware many of my constituents will be experiencing a change which they did not want, or vote for. Democracy delivers so much freedom but it also requires us to go with the majority verdict.

“We are fortunate we live in a nation where the government carries out the will of the people, even if it is not always to our individual liking.

“I am very saddened the Prime Minister has announced he will be standing down. I have found him to be a warm and supportive person and an outstanding leader who has done so much in his six years in office.

“It upsets me that a man who has steered our economy from the despair of 2010, and delivered over two million new jobs, should be leaving office in this manner.

“This referendum has been an extraordinary event. I have been fortunate to have spoken with many voters at my public meetings and schoolchildren in my school talks.

“I thank every constituent who has got involved in this vote. I hope we all continue to engage in debate and democracy as we shape our nation’s future. I also hope that we can all pull together to ensure that our young people, who I spent so much time with over this last week, get the future their talents deserve.”

The Prime Minister announced his resignation this morning (Friday, June 24) and said he expected a successor to take over before the Conservative Party Conference in October.

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