EU REACTION: People in Diss Express area have their say on referendum result
It is one of the biggest political decisions the United Kingdom will ever make — the voters have spoken, and those who backed Leave are victorious.
In a monumental day for British politics, 51.9 per cent voted leave, with Conservative Prime Minister announcing this morning he will leave his post by the autumn.
But what do people in Diss make of the decision?
Zoe Whiting, 55, from Denton voted to remain in the EU. She felt today’s result was “worrying.”
“I voted in because I like the idea of being united with other countries in Europe,” she told the Diss Express.
“I think that, personally, I am fortunate to have been born in this country, and I don’t like seeing some of the issues go on in other countries, for example in eastern Europe, for thinks like human rights.
“I think it is nice that we can work together democratically in the EU and try and help them become nicer places.”
Diss resident John Miller, 72, voted to leave the EU.
“The fear of the people who are controlling the emasculation of Europe fear this will cascade to Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece and the rest.
“The point is to save Europe and it’s identity and culture, but we need to get together in the right and proper way, not through a dictatorship.
“I am very optimistic.
“I am pro European and that is why getting out of this dictatorship is good news.
“There are a lot of Europeans that think the same and we need to lead by example.”
Gareth Potter, 59, also of Diss, opted not to vote in yesterday’s referendum.
“My concern is that there is no democracy in this country,” he explained.
“I like the idea of the European Union, but it can be a global union.
“Britain has an appalling democratic record and we need to reform the voting system.”
South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon said the result was “excellent” for the British people, while Central Suffolk and North Ipswich MP Dr Dan Poulter has stressed the importance of everybody working together to ensure “stability.”