Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Uncertain Times Ahead of Us after Seismic Vote

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Uncertain Times Ahead of Us after Seismic Vote

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Byline: Dan O'Donoghue Local Government Reporter @DanChronicle

REGIONAL business and political leaders have said our Brexit poll - which revealed one in seven leave voters would now vote remain - reflects the "uncertain times" we live in.

The poll, which surveyed more than 40,000 across the country and 2,536 in the North East, revealed that 11.9% of Brexiteers would change their mind if asked again.

The result drew surprise from some but the majority of the region's movers and shakers said the task was not to re-run the referendum, but instead get the best possible deal for the North East.

Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery, whose constituency voted to leave by 55%, said: "I am of the firm view that we have got to move on with the Brexit vote.

"During the campaign there were lies and innuendo from both sides, but we got the result and we have to accept that.

"Regardless of what the survey says we had a referendum which returned a result, some may not like it but that is democracy.

"If we had a general election and people didn't like the result we don't have another election straight away."

He added: "I can understand why people have said what they have in the survey, we are now having more measured discussions about the affects of Brexit and I think some people may now be more informed.

"But we have had the vote and that is that. I am completely opposed to the Liberal Democrats and their position that we should have a second referendum, we have got to get on with the massive challenge ahead."

Stephen Purvis, chairman of thinktank Policy North, said: "This is undoubtedly a period of uncertainty and there are difficult challenges ahead for the Prime Minister, which is reflected in this poll.

"However there is also a real opportunity for the North, and especially for our businesses here in the North East, to emerge from this period of change with a powerful, new leading role in a global Britain.

Policy North will this week commission North East entrepreneur Jeremy Middleton to write a special report of the impact a new industrial strategy can have on the North East and how it can be used to build a stronger economy for the region post Brexit. …

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