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Kirklees voters played their part in the UK's bid to leave the EU.

55 per cent of people voted to Leave the European Union, leaving local politicians shocked.

In a room full of councillors and campaigners only a small group of UKIP supporters were cheering.

Kirklees Tory chief, Clr David Hall, said he was pleased to see the country get its sovereignty back.

And he said he thought it was a case of short term pain and then long term gain.

"I hope the markets won't react too badly to the result.

"I think now we can really look forward to as a country being an international player in trade instead of just a European player."

But Clr Carole Pattison, Labour's deputy leader, said she was very disappointed that the electorate had bought the rhetoric of the Leave campaign.

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Goodbye

And with that, I’ll leave you - thank you for sticking with us all night. It’s been a long one, disappointing for some, a success for others.

Now all that’s left is to see what the future holds...

Huddersfield leaders react to Brexit

Barry Sheerman has said he is shocked to the core at today’s result, while Jason McCartney has appealed for calm.


Find out what other political and business leaders in Kirklees have to say.

The areas in West Yorkshire with highest immigration voted remain

Leeds was the only local authority to vote remain, despite having the highest amount of net migration of 4.6 immigrants per 1,000 residents, an amount bigger than other areas due to its overall population size.


Read the full story here.


Watch: Regional breakdown

After the final of the 382 counts was declared, Leave had 51.9% of the vote to 48.1% for Remain. Leave’s total vote was 17,410,742, with Remain more than a million behind on 16,141,241.

Conservative MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber Amjad Bashir: 'Outside the EU our great nation will be prosperous and secure'

Leave campaigner and Conservative MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber Amjad Bashir spoke of his joy at the result.

Today we have woken up in a genuinely free country for the first time in a generation.

We have shaken free from a club that was no longer working for us and reclaimed our own destiny. Outside the EU our great nation will be prosperous and secure, we will enjoy our increased sovereignty and democracy will be closer to the people.

We must do as the British people wish and take back control of our borders, our money and our destiny.

Churchill famously spoke of Britain’s spheres of influence. Today the whole world is our sphere of influence and that is where our attention must now turn.“We must reunite and look forwards instead of back. We must throw our efforts into negotiating Britain’s withdrawal from the EU and as an MEP I shall be doing all I can to make sure we achieve a smooth departure on the terms we deserve.

No confidence in Corbyn motion: MP says Labour leader should resign

A senior Labour MP has tabled a motion of no confidence in Jeremy Corbyn following the referendum vote to leave the EU.
Dame Margaret Hodge submitted a motion, seconded by backbencher Ann Coffey, to the Parliamentary Labour Party, her office said.
Ms Coffey told the Press Association: “The result of the European Union leaves this country in a mess.
“Leaders have to take responsibility and he has to take his share of responsibility for this, and he should resign.”
She added: “I think over the weeks there has been consistent dissatisfaction with him over the referendum campaign, that is not something that is new really, and that dissatisfaction has increased rather than decreased towards the end of the campaign.
“So this motion gives the parliamentary party ... their own right to have a view about his leadership.”

'No evidence' that North Ireland wants vote on uniting Ireland

Irish premier Enda Kenny said there was no evidence of a shift in the Northern Ireland electorate for a border poll on a united Ireland.

“That [provision for a border poll] is contained in the Good Friday Agreement, provided that the Secretary of State of the day considers that there would be a serious movement of a majority of people to want to have a situation where they would join the Republic,” he said.

“There is no such evidence.”

Mr Kenny added: “There are much more serious issues to deal with in the immediate terms and that is where our focus is.”

How did Yorkshire vote? Full results

Yorkshire First: Brexit 'strengthens case for Yorkshire parliament'

Yorkshire First said the result left many questions unanswered about the future of the county.

Richard Carter, its leader, said:

Yorkshire First is calling on all those who believe in progressive democracy to consider carefully the outcomes of the referendum and to ask themselves just how do we move forward following this result.

It is evident that the people of Yorkshire want more control of their own affairs. “The starting point should be greater democracy in Yorkshire.

Yorkshire First will continue to make the positive case for our region, nationally and internationally and campaign for people in Yorkshire to have a greater say in things that desperately need attention such as education, transport and the economy.

The case for a Yorkshire parliament is strengthened by yesterday’s vote.

Richard Carter
Richard Carter

Stafflex MD: Vote swung by older people

Remain supporter Brian Stahelin, managing director of Chapel Hill-based recruitment firm Stafflex:

It is a shame that such a monumental decision is made with 28% of the population absent from the vote. The Leave team have triumphed with what is a marginal majority.

I fear that the vote has been swung by older people and those who are fed up with limited party politics rather than having researched and examined the real issues. Most younger people that I know are dismayed.

I am not ashamed to declare that I voted ‘in’ because the UK is a far better place now than it was in my childhood. Much of our manufacturing, service, and financial industries are so integrated with Europe that if people left within the EU react badly to the UK decision to leave, we may encounter severe economic problems.

My best hope is that the victors do not lord it over the ‘remain’ people and that the exit is negotiated and managed responsibly.

How did West Yorkshire vote?

How did West Yorkshire vote?
How did West Yorkshire vote?

Motion of no confidence in Jeremy Corbyn tabled

A senior Labour MP has tabled a motion of no confidence in Jeremy Corbyn following the referendum vote to leave the EU. Dame Margaret Hodge has submitted a motion - seconded by backbencher Ann Coffey - to the Parliamentary Labour Party, her office said.

Jeremy Corbyn MP, leader of the Labour Party
Jeremy Corbyn MP, leader of the Labour Party

Boris Johnson 'proud' of result

“I believe the British people have spoken up for democracy in Britain and across Europe and I think we can be very proud of the result”

Boris Johnson holds a press conference at Brexit HQ in Westminster, London, after David Cameron has announced he will quit as Prime Minister by October
Boris Johnson holds a press conference at Brexit HQ in Westminster, London, after David Cameron has announced he will quit as Prime Minister by October

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Keep calm and carry on?

Reports of petition for second referendum crashing government website

A petition for a second EU referendum has become so popular it has crashed the government petitions website, the Independent and the Metro have reported.

‘We the undersigned call upon HM Government to implement a rule that if the remain or leave vote is less than 60% based on a turnout less than 75% there should be another referendum,’ it reads.

Petition website crashes
Petition website crashes

Another Scottish referendum on the way?

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said it is “democratically unacceptable” that Scotland would be taken out of the EU “against its will” and says she will take “all possible steps and explore all options” to secure Scotland’s continuing place in the EU.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon joins Vote Remain MSPs at Holyrood in Edinburgh
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon joins Vote Remain MSPs at Holyrood in Edinburgh

John Cotton: We don't know what we are letting ourselves in for

John Cotton, chairman of Mirfield-based textile company John Cotton:

I’m feeling a total lack of confidence right now.

The problem is that we don’t know what we are letting ourselves in for.

There’s massive insecurity around all the things that we have taken for granted for so long.

Our jobs, the exchange rates, our financial security, our safety, all these things are completely up in the air.

Steven Leigh: George Osborne is 'dead man walking'

Steven Leigh, head of policy at the Huddersfield-based Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, said the referendum result reflected the weight of opinion among chamber member firms across Kirklees, Calderdale and Wakefield.

“It’s further proof that the pollsters might as well shut up shop and go home.”

He said the chamber had taken a neutral stance on the referendum and arranged debates for businesses to discuss the issues. One poll conducted among chamber members had shown 60% support for leaving while the loudest applause at its main debate in Halifax had been for Leave supporters.

“Business people never believed the scare stories being told because they were just not true. I was an exporter and went all over the world and it was easy to sell. Business takes no account of boundaries or whether we are in the EU or not. If people have something they want to sell they will find a way to do it.

We will need some stability in the next month or two. George Osborne is a dead man walking, but he is still chancellor and he has to work with the Governor of the Bank of England to take action to steady the ship.

'We need to get on and do good trade deals', says Huddersfield businesswoman

Amanda Vigar, of accontancy firm V&A Bell Brown at Holmfirth and a prominent figure with the Leave campaign’s Business for Britain in Yorkshire:

“I am shocked – in a positive way – that it has gone the way it has. It’s the right answer for the country, but I really didn’t think it would go the right way. I was predicting 52%-48% the other way.

It isn’t going to be an easy process, but I think the whole country has to knuckle down and get on with it. We are not putting the shutters up on the wold or Europe, we just need to get on and do good trade deals with the rest of the world. By doing that, the economy in the medium term will start to see the benefit.

Don't delay Brexit, says EU

The UK should implement Brexit ‘as soon as possible, however painful that process may be’ senior EU representatives have said, warning ‘any delay would unnecessarily prolong uncertainty’.

Giants chairman Ken Davy 'delighted' with result

Huddersfield Giants chairman and keen Leave supporter Ken Davy said future generations would hail the EU referendum result as “the day this great nation voted to take back control of its destiny”.

Mr Davy, who is chairman of independent financial adviser support service SimplyBiz, said:

For me, it was a night of mixed emotions. It started with the Giants suffering a very disappointing loss to Wakefield in the Challenge Cup, which really hurt.

But that result pales into insignificance compared to the electorate’s truly historic decision to leave the EU. I am obviously delighted by the result and I think that in the context of history, future generations will hail the 23rd of June, 2016, as the day this great nation voted to take back control of its destiny.

Obviously, we will have some months of uncertainty, however I suspect it will be much less disruptive that the kind of predictions made by the Remain camp during the campaign.

A lower pound will provide a timely boost for exporters which I would expect to feed through into the economy in terms of jopbs and prosperity.

Big decision ahead for Ken Davy
Big decision ahead for Ken Davy

Jason McCartney calls for unity

Kirklees Greens leader Andrew Cooper: "We are less of a United Kingdom today"

Andrew Cooper, leader of Kirklees Green Party, campaigned for remain.

I always knew that the Kirklees vote would be tight although I hoped for a better result.

It’s too early to tell what the local economic impact will be.

I wonder if anyone regrets the vote and I’m concerned what it says about us as a country.

We are less of a United Kingdom today.

I’ve been disappointed by both campaigns that have both been led by the Conservatives. I’m concerned we’re led by a Government which only 28% of the population voted for.

The EU has been the guarantor of a whole host of rights and protecting the environment.

We’ve got to work hard to get a plan together to make sure these policies are high up on the national agenda as they are important things for our country.

Clr Andrew Cooper
Clr Andrew Cooper

Kirklees Conservative leader David Hall not surprised by local result

Clr David Hall, leader of Kirklees Conservatives, campaigned to leave.

“I wasn’t surprised about the local result having talked to people in my ward.

We’ve now got a lot to do in the country both in terms of acting upon the result and pulling the country together.

I voted leave due to the issue of sovereignty.

I do feel that both national campaigns were poorly led.

For the local economy, I think we can expect short term ruptures but hopefully these won’t be permanent.”

Clr David Hall
Clr David Hall

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Respect for Cameron

'Where are you going Boris?' MP trapped by crowd of cyclists outside his home

Shortly after leaving his home Mr Johnson was trapped by a crowd of cyclists and onlookers as he was driven to the Vote Leave headquarters.

Mr Johnson’s car was halted for around five minutes while insults were thrown and police officers who had been guarding his home were nowhere to be seen. A crowd of roughly forty cyclists and bystanders blocked a junction, taunting him with “where are you going Boris?”.

Boris Johnson leaves his home in north London, after David Cameron announced he will quit as Prime Minister by October following a humiliating defeat in the referendum
Boris Johnson leaves his home in north London, after David Cameron announced he will quit as Prime Minister by October following a humiliating defeat in the referendum

Calder Valley Mp Craig Whittaker shocked by Cameron resignation

Craig Whittaker, MP for Calder Valley, campaigned for remain.

“The British people have spoken and now we have to make sure we deliver on they’ve mandated us to do.

I campaigned for remain because I genuinely thought that this referendum was not about my generation but my children’s and great grandchildren’s.

I believed the benefits of being in the EU far outweighed coming out.

I was a little shocked that David Cameron resigned so quickly but due to the FTSE plummeting I think it’s in the best interesting of stabilising the financial sector and the economy. We don’t want our country to go back into recession.

Craig Whittaker, Consevative candidate for the Calder Valley
Craig Whittaker, Consevative candidate for the Calder Valley