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Jamie Reed: 'People have voted to make their lives worse'

Jamie Reed MP Photo: PA

Jamie Reed, MP for Copeland, has said that "it is an indictment of the UK today that many people have voted to make their lives worse because they don’t believe that life can get better."

In a statement released following the UK's decision to leave the European Union, Mr Reed said:

I voted and campaigned to remain and it is therefore incredibly disappointing that the UK has clearly voted to leave the European Union.

I have always been clear that I would respect peoples’ decision to vote to leave, and I understand the frustrations that have been expressed across Britain and in particular, West Cumbria.

It is an indictment of the UK today that many people have voted to make their lives worse because they don’t believe that life can get better.

This referendum has changed the UK in a fundamental way. All too often, the debate could be characterised as confusing, frustrating and hateful. That’s why the real hard work of national healing and national renewal must begin today.

A healing process, whereby families and communities on opposite sides of the debate come together, must now begin. Crucially, politicians, including my own party, must learn from the frustrations expressed by so many people about public services, job opportunities and fair wages. But we should be clear; we are in unchartered waters and the ramifications of this result, including the potential break-up of the United Kingdom, are yet to unfold.

As we move forward, it is clear that we must redouble our efforts to stand up for those communities that felt so let down that they believed their lives couldn’t get any worse. We need to listen, learn, think and innovate. Because that’s what the Labour Party is all about.

The pound has fallen to a thirty one year low. I will work night and day to ensure that the plans for our area continue and that our prosperity is secured and it is absolutely clear now that David Cameron and George Osborne should leave at the first opportunity. They have damaged and diminished our standing in the world. They have lost the country and they are unable to negotiate on behalf of Britain’s best interests in the days, weeks and months ahead.

– Jamie Reed

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