Derry voters react to Brexit

Voters in Derry have reacted to the U.K.'s decision to leave the E.U.

Friday, 24th June 2016, 11:24 am
Updated Friday, 24th June 2016, 1:38 pm
British Prime Minister David Cameron speaks outside 10 Downing Street, London, where he announced his resignation after Britain voted to leave the European Union

The electorate in England, Scotland, Wales and the North went to the polls on Thursday and the result shocked the nation.

The percentage of people all over the U.K. who voted in favour of leaving the E.U. was 51.9 per cent whilst 48.1 per cent voted to remain. The turnout throughout the U.K. 72 per cent.

Out of all 382 parliamentary constituencies, Foyle boasted the fourth highest percentage of votes in favour of the U.K. remaining within the E.U. The local electorate voted overwhelmingly in favour of remain but the turnout was a mere 57 per cent.

Derry man, Stephen Sheridan, described the turnout in Derry as “deplorable”.

“Regardless of your viewpoint on the U.K.’s place within the E.U., the fact that there was such a low voter turnout in a city whose name is synonymous with a prolonged and arduous civil rights struggle is deplorable,” he said.

“That said I’m encouraged that the Derry electorate for the most part was not duped by falsities of the Leave campaign - in particular the myths surrounding immigration. Disappointing though as voter apathy has seemingly played a major role in the outcome of this referendum.”

Local voter, Sean Donnelly, welcomed the result.

“This is a good conclusion,” said Sean. “Unelected, bureaucrats in Europe turned a good idea into a monstrosity.

“Once we ride out the short-term volatility, things will soon improve. E.U. laws must be reversed and new laws, that have our interests at heart, enacted. Immigration will be controlled. This is a major step forward in defeating the scourge of globalism.”

After the official result was confirmed on Friday morning, British Prime Minister, David Cameron, announced his resignation.