Has Brexit ‘unleashed a devil’ or set Britain free? Northampton voters have their say

Has Britain done the right thing by voting to leave the EU? Northampton folk have been having their say.
Has Britain done the right thing by voting to leave the EU? Northampton folk have been having their say.

“I don’t regret my vote to leave at all” Northampton’s Brexiteers have told the Chron as we round up your reactions to the extraordinary referendum result today.

In Northampton 58 per cent of people voted to leave the EU as 105,350 took to the polls across the town.

But while the debate has raged as to whether Britain has done the right thing and #WhatHaveWeDone continues to trend on Twitter - many Northampton vote leavers are standing by their vote.

Owner of LJB Rutherford’s in Market Place, Les Brannan said he feels no guilt about voting to leave.

He said: “Every person who voted for leave is being told they did so because they were racist.

“But I voted to leave because on the BBC the other day they said we send billions to Brussels every year.”

Flower stall owner Alan Perkins says he has no regrets about his decision to vote leave.

Flower stall owner Alan Perkins says he has no regrets about his decision to vote leave.

And on any fears of entering into a period of economic uncertainty he said: “it will iron itself out it always does.”

Fellow market trader Alan Perkins said; “I’m sticking to my decision, mainly on the issue of immigration and the other usual things: sovereignty , being able to make our own decisions - and the fact I think it’s failing.

“It would be more risky to stay in the union if you ask me.”

On Facebook John Maddison said he voted because of his feelings on the justice system.

“I quite like our laws to be made by our MPs that can be voted for and also got rid of, unlike the EU.

“Further to this I believe our justice system is better served by our judges not some remote court in Brussels.”

But in a day that has seen the leaders of both major parties face a leadership challenge, Scotland seeking a new independence referendum and the pound slump, some remain voters are ruing the outcome.

Business owner Nicola Worley, said: “I fear my European customers simply won’t bother ordering from me if customs fees match that of countries outside the EU, it’ll be too expensive.

“I know of a lot of small businesses in the town who import/export and will be directly affected. I fear for my EU friends who are working or studying here, for their futures are now uncertain.

Maxine Musgrove, said it was mainly older people who voted to leave: “Many of whom won’t be around long enough to witness the devil they have unleashed.”