EU REFERENDUM: South West MEPs react to referendum decision

PUBLISHED: 08:56 24 June 2016 | UPDATED: 09:51 24 June 2016

MEP Julie Girling.

MEP Julie Girling.


Julie Girling and Molly Scott-Cato both released statements following the EU referendum result.

North Devon’s Member of European Parliament (MEP) has labelled the UK’s decision to leave the European Union a ‘shattering’ one for Britain.

Julie Girling, who is MEP for South West and Gibraltar released a statement on Friday morning in the wake of the referendum result.

The conservative party member said: “This is a shattering decision for Britain.

“I am deeply sorry that the people of the UK have chosen this leap in the dark. I believe future generations will question our wisdom.

“The EU has many faults, of course, but I remain convinced that we would be safer, stronger and better off by remaining a member.

“However, the British people have decided otherwise. The Conservative Party, like the whole nation, must put our disagreements behind us and pull together to get the best for Britain.

“As an MEP, I intend to do all I can to make sure we negotiate the best terms possible for our departure and protect our trade, exports and economy.”

Molly Scott-Cato, Green Party MEP for the South West said the UK ‘will feel a profound sense of shock’.

A statement on her website said: “What stands out from this referendum campaign is the anger felt by so many people.

“I have had personal experience of this anger, which has worryingly manifest itself in the politics of hate.

“I believe this reveals a wider discontentment with the state of our own democracy.

“While anger has been directed at the EU, it is clear that it is our own broken system that is in desperate need of a fix.”

Click here to return to our homepage for more North Devon news.

Related articles

Other News Stories

For its 10 year anniversary Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival pulled out all the stops to bring big name authors to the town and the area’s young people.

Read more

Sites in Woodbury and Woodbury Salterton were among 33 visited across Devon and Somerset in an operation to ‘disrupt’ the sale and supply of illegal tobacco.

Read more

Used needles and human faeces left in an Exmouth street have led to a call for the police to do more to tackle drug use in the town.

Read more

We take a look through the Exmouth Journal photo archives of the Exmouth working docks.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:00

A non-profit Woodbury theatre company making its mission to engage hard-to-reach child audiences has celebrated the close of its 2018 National Lottery-funded flagship summer show.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:00

An annual charity golf day held in Budleigh Salterton has raised more than £4,500 for a Hospiscare service which allows patients to remain in their own homes.

Read more
Yesterday, 08:00

Details of Budleigh Salterton Health and Wellbeing Hub’s involvement in this year’s carnival have been announced.

Read more
Mon, 12:00

A passion for crime fiction has inspired a visually impaired Exmouth author to launch a new creative and multi-sensory online community.

Read more
Mon, 07:00

With winter approaching GPs are advising people consider a flu vaccination

Read more
Sunday, September 23, 2018

Schools and charities offered free tablecloth

Read more

Local Weather



max temp: 18°C

min temp: 6°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Photo Orders
Family notices
Google Plus
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Exmouth Journal twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists

Find planning applications