The constituency co-ordinator for the South Norfolk Vote Leave campaign has spoken of his delight after Britain voted for a Brexit.
Geoff Lazell, who was in Diss earlier this month to campaign with UKIP MEP Stuart Agnew, was responsible for the campaign in South Norfolk which saw 51.7 per cent vote Leave in yesterday’s EU membership referendum. In Mid Suffolk, 55.2 per cent voted for a British exit of the EU.
My reaction is one of total and utter relief over anything else, that we have managed to pull it offGeoff Lazell
Nationally, 51.9 per cent voted for a Brexit.
The Bressingham resident said while he was disappointed the Leave campaign did not win by a bigger majority in the constituency, he was delighted nonetheless.
He admitted he drifted off at times as the results came in during the evening, after a 13-hour day and visiting 20 polling stations on a furious final day of a long campaign.
“My reaction is one of total and utter relief over anything else, that we have managed to pull it off,” he told the Diss Express.
“I have to say it was probably Diss that swung it in South Norfolk. About 79 per cent were in favour of Leave, whereas in the north of the constituency in Cringleford, just outside Norwich, 72 per cent were for Remain.
“It was encouraging to see the Leave vote be the first to reach a million votes, then two million votes.”
“We must use this result as a foundation for a new era. Not just for this generation, but for future generations.
“Jean-Claude Juncker (European Commission President) said there is no way back. I say amen to that.”
But what swayed the majority of votes in South Norfolk to vote leave?
“With the white collar worker demographic group, they were more concerned about sovereignty and democracy and the blue collar workers were more about the effects of uncontrolled immigration,” he said.
“I am a retired businessman, I live entirely on my pension and my investments and according to George Osborne, I am going to be much poorer,” he continued.
“I say ‘I have news for you’. I might be poorer, but my country is free.”