The vote to Leave: Scarborough borough overwhelmingly rejects the EU

The voters of Scarborough borough have overwhelmingly voted in favour of leaving the European Union.

Friday, 24th June 2016, 8:42 am
Updated Friday, 24th June 2016, 9:48 am

The people of Scarborough, Whitby and Filey joined the rest of the nation in sending a strong message that they want out of the EU.

Locally, when the votes were counted 62 per cent (37,512) went with Leave, with Remain getting 22,999.

The turnout was 73.03 per cent with 60,539 votes cast.

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Nationally, 51.9 per cent voted to Leave, and the turnout was 72 per cent.

Scarborough and Whitby’s Conservative MP Robert Goodwill had predicted last night that a huge remain vote in London would secure a victory against leaving the EU.

However, the MP was not around to hear his own voters’ rejection of Britain’s membership of the European Union.

This morning David Cameron dramatically quit as Prime Minister after the historic referendum result which has thrown Westminster politics into disarray and sent the pound tumbling on the world markets.

Mr Cameron said Britain should aim to have a new prime minister by the time of the Conservative party conference in the autumn.

Scarborough Borough Council’s UKIP leader, Cllr Sam Cross, said: “This is a fantastic result, this is for the ordinary folk.

“UKIP have campaigned long and hard for this referendum to leave the EU and tonight has shown how out of touch Robert Goodwill is and what a mess the so-called Labour Party is in.”

Scarborough businessman John Senior, who voted Remain, said: "Not sure how I feel, perhaps a little bereft but a big decision was asked for and a brave one delivered. We now have some hard work to do in negotiating, but I am sure that we will come this through with our sails set for the wind and flags flying high.

"The British people are naturally outward looking and are comfortable in their national skin so I am confident that we will thrive in big wide world, and it's worth remembering that we are not actually leaving Europe ... we will still be here, trading supporting and when required acting as the close friends that we are. A brave new world begins!"

Scarborough resident Shaun Tymon tweeted: "What have we done? A very sad day for the UK. A vote for exclusion, intolerance, isolation and economic decline."