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Keighley and Ilkey MP 'disappointed' by result

Keighley and Ilkley MP Kris Hopkins says he is "disappointed" about the outcome of the EU Referendum and doesn't want the UK to become an "inward-looking country."

A majority of those who voted on Thursday have decided that the United Kingdom should give up its membership of the European Union, and this must be respected.

As a committed Remain campaigner, I am obviously disappointed at the outcome as will the many voters in Keighley and Ilkley who shared my view.

I am proud to represent such a diverse constituency which is greatly enriched by people from many different backgrounds and nationalities.

As the local Member of Parliament, it is my responsibility to continue to represent their interests as keenly as those who hold an alternative view.

I do not share Nigel Farage’s vision of Britain and I do not want us to become an inward-looking country in the wake of this vote.

To this end, I am fully committed to working closely with colleagues in Government to deliver the best possible deal for the United Kingdom as we prepare to leave the EU.

I also wish to pay tribute to David Cameron who kept his pledge to deliver a referendum for the British people.

He has been a friend to Keighley and Ilkley, first as Conservative Leader and for the last six years as Prime Minister. His decision to step down is a great loss to our country.

– Kris Hopkins MP
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Jeremy Corbyn: PM and I had different visions of Europe

Jeremy Corbyn Credit: Pool

Jeremy Corbyn has defended his position in the EU referendum campaign following criticism from Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron, who said that "when the call went out ... he refused to answer."

The Labour leader said that he and fellow Remain campaigner David Cameron had "different visions".

"We had a Labour position and a Labour campaign, it was not the same as the prime minister's - obviously.

"The prime minister has a rather different vision of Europe, he sees it much more as a sort of free market Europe, we see it as a social Europe and those were the arguments we put forward on behalf of the party, on behalf of the membership of the party, on behalf the vast majority of the trade unions affiliated to this party."

Lincoln MP: the people have spoken - we all need to work together

Lincoln MP Karl McCartney says that now the UK has voted to leave the EU, people need to work together "to embrace the majority decision."

Today, despite the disappointing news regarding our Prime Minister Rt. Hon. David Cameron's decision, I see a great long term future for all of us in our great Country, no matter whether you were Leave or Remain.

I am pleased that David Cameron will stay as Prime Minister until the early autumn as he will offer a steadying hand and provide the reassurance and stability our Country needs at this moment.

Ultimately, those of us who stood up for British values and our sovereignty can feel comfort that, despite whatever was thrown at us, we stood firm.

Now the decision has been made and the people have spoken, we need to all work together, maintaining calm efficiency and embracing the people's majority decision to leave the EU. That is what we in a British democracy do.

– Karl McCartney MP

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Rights of British expats in Spain protected for two years

British expats in Spain will retain their rights for at least two years while Britain negotiates its post-Brexit relations with other European nations, Spain's acting prime minister has said.

Mariano Rajoy said the rights would mirror those afforded to Spanish citizens living in the UK.

Spanish acting prime minister Mariano Rajoy. Credit: Reuters

"The rights to move freely, to work, pay taxes and get pensions, to invest, vote, or being elected in the local elections of the place where they live will not be affected at least during the next two years," he said.

Mr Rajoy said the Brexit had caused "deep sadness" but said he foresaw a "negotiated and organised procedure" as Britain becomes the first nation to quit the EU.

Local Government Association: with greater control we can improve services and save money

The Local Government Association (LGA) says councils and local authorities will play a key part in bringing communities together following the vote for the UK to leave the EU. It is calling for councils in England to play a key part in decision making over how to replace EU laws as part of the UK's exit negotiations.

EU laws and regulations currently have a big impact on council services including:

  • waste
  • employment
  • health and safety
  • consumer protection
  • trading
  • environmental standards

There cannot be an assumption that power over these services is simply transferred from Brussels to Westminster. If services are delivered locally, then the power over how to run them should rest locally too. Decades of centralised control over funding and services has distanced our residents from the decisions that affect their everyday lives. With greater control in our areas we can improve services and save money.

Communities in England have been allocated £5.3 billion of EU regeneration funding up to 2020. It is important for the Government to guarantee it will protect this vital funding to avoid essential growth-boosting projects stalling and local economies across England being stifled.

– Local Government Association

The LGA added it will continue to represent the interests of English councils in Brussels as the UK negotiates its exit from the EU.

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"Brexit could worsen construction skills crisis"

Federation of Master Builders has said that Brexit could worsen construction skills crisis Credit: PA

Federation of Master Builders has said that Brexit could worsen construction skills crisis.

They're now urging the Government to ensure that any new system of immigration provides the construction sector with enough skilled workers to build the homes and infrastructure projects needed.

“The UK construction industry has been heavily reliant on migrant workers from Europe for decades now – at present, 12% of the British construction workers are of non-UK origin.

The majority of these workers are from EU countries such as Poland, Romania and Lithuania and they have helped the construction industry bounce back from the economic downturn when 400,000 skilled workers left our industry, most of which did not return. It is now the Government’s responsibility to ensure that the free-flowing tap of migrant workers from Europe is not turned off.

If Ministers want to meet their house building and infrastructure objectives, they have to ensure that the new system of immigration is responsive to the needs of industry.” Berry continued: “At the same time, we need to ensure that we invest in our own home-grown talent through apprenticeship training. We need to train more construction apprentices so we are not overly reliant on migrant workers from Europe or further afield.

That’s why it’s so important that the Government gets the funding framework right for apprenticeships – when you consider that this whole policy area is currently in flux, and then you add Brexit into the mix, it’s no exaggeration to say that a few wrong moves by the Government could result in the skills crisis becoming a skills catastrophe. The next few years will bring unprecedented challenges to the construction and house building sector, and it’s only through close collaboration between the Government and industry that we’ll be able to overcome them.”

– Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB
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European leaders warn loss of Britain will harm EU

There have been calls among European leaders for the European Union to reform as they continued to react with sadness to Britain's exit.

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi tweeted: "We have to change (the EU) to make it more human and more just, but Europe is our home, it's our future."

Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas said Europe must "work hard" to protect the EU's unity. He said Britain's departure was a "great loss".

Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said the EU must become 'more human' in the aftermath of Britain's exit. Credit: Reuters

Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern warned Britain's exit would harm the other nations, but said he doubted it would trigger a series of referendums among other EU members.

"I do not fear a domino effect," he said. "Europe will lose status and significance in the world because of Britain's step. The long-term economic effects will also be felt for some time."

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