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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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