Labour politicians speak out on EU Referendum result

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets said:

“I am obviously disappointed with the result, particularly given that 68% of Tower Hamlets residents voted to Remain. I was clear during the campaign that the East End would be better off in the EU, but we must now accept the decision that the UK has made.

“There is great uncertainty about what it means for our borough, our city, and our country, but it is clear there will be some challenges. I believe in the East End and am confident that we will weather this storm, and retain the sense of tolerance, community and diversity that has defined us for centuries.

“I am sure that London will remain one of the world’s foremost trading centres and that the East End will continue to be a vibrant multi-cultural community regardless of our membership of the EU.”

Rushanara Ali, Member of Parliament for Bethnal Green and Bow said:

“I want to thank all those who worked tirelessly on our campaign to remain in the EU. I know the result will be deeply disappointing to all those who share my belief that the UK would be better off, safer and stronger within the EU.  Here in Tower Hamlets, nearly 70 percent of the electorate voted to remain and across London some 60 percent of voters chose to remain in the EU. 

"The debates leading up to the referendum have been passionate but also exposed deep divisions in our county by region, class, age and race. We must all work hard to repair those divisions and help unite the many different communities in our country, and especially those who will feel particularly anxious about their future. The Government must focus on doing all that's needed to protect our economy, people's livelihoods and our public services in the face of great uncertainty and anxiety." 

Jim Fitzpatrick, Member of Parliament for Poplar and Limehouse said:

"Like many Tower Hamlets residents, I am disappointed with the result of the EU Referendum.

"However, another referendum is not going to make matters better.

"We need to accept the public’s decision and seek a way forward, especially when there may be a General Election ahead. Labour needs to win the public’s trust again.

"In the aftermath of the referendum, I cannot see Jeremy Corbyn taking us to government, so we may have new leaders of both parties.

"I am also horrified by the recent outburst in hate crimes across London and the UK. I urge residents to report any incidents to the police and the police to do all they can to keep everyone in our community safe as I am sure they are doing.

"The outcome of the referendum is not a legitimisation of racism or intolerance.

"We may be leaving the EU but this does not stop us from continuing to work with our existing connections and links. Britain still has a bright future despite this outcome.

"Further, the oncoming Tory leadership contest and possible General Election may be a way for a second look at this decision.

"Whatever happens, it is certain that politics in Britain is in for a turbulent time."

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