Challenges ahead amid ‘unease’

PUBLISHED: 08:00 30 June 2016

James Heappey

James Heappey

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Wells MP James Heappey said he was ‘shocked’ at the outcome of the EU referendum but said his constituency was ‘as split as any’ following the news which rocked the country on Friday.

Mr Heappey had kept his voting intentions under wraps until just 10 days before the vote to remain as an ‘impartial host’ throughout two debates which he chaired in Highbridge and Wells.

He eventually revealed he would be voting to remain in the EU.

Mr Heappey told the Mercury just hours after the decision that while he could not believe the result, there was no doubt a democratic decision was made.

He said: “I am shocked. When the polls closed, I thought we would have a close victory for Remain.

“I think there are a number of challenges now and for me, my constituency was as divided as any. Mendip voted to stay in and Sedgemoor voted out.

“There is now a job to do to come together. We now go in to negotiations and there will be unease. A lot has already happened and the pound has sunk so remarkably overnight – it would be a lie to say otherwise.

“The reality is we asked the question, and the turnout was high so there is no questioning its legitimacy.”

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