Referendum result: Sir Nicholas Soames MP says he is '˜personally devastated'

Sir Nicholas Soames, MP for Mid Sussex, has expressed his regrets over the result of the referendum, but said the people's wishes must be respected.

Friday, 24th June 2016, 1:49 pm
Updated Friday, 8th June 2018, 2:23 am
Nicholas Soames SUS-161005-112802001

Sir Nicholas, who is a grandson of wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill, was a vocal opponent of the Brexit campaign.

“I am personally devastated by the result of the Referendum which I meet with real sadness and fear for the future,” he said.

“But the Nation has spoken and the Government will now of course respect its views and set about us separating from 43 years of stable arrangements with the European Union.

“I am deeply personally sorry that the Prime Minister has announced his resignation. I was one of his Proposers to lead the Party and whilst I of course entirely understand his positon, I greatly regret it.

“I am fortified by a very good result in Mid Sussex where on a Turn Out of 80 per cent - 53 per cent voted Remain and 47 per cent voted to Leave.

“We live in a very difficult and uncertain world and I believe that this was a really bad time to unpick what has helped to secure for us great prosperity over the last 40 years and we must now, respecting the people’s wishes and judgment, do our very best to secure the best possible position for our People and our Country.”

Don’t miss out on all the latest breaking news where you live.

Here are four ways you can be sure you’ll be amongst the first to know what’s going on.

1) Make our website your homepage

2) Like our Facebook page

3) Follow us on Twitter

4) Register with us by clicking on ‘sign in’ (top right corner). You can then receive our daily newsletter AND add your point of view to stories that you read here.

And do share with your family and friends - so they don’t miss out!

Always the first with your local news.

Be part of it.