Waveney votes to leave the EU

Vote Leave campaigners celebrate winning the EU referendum in Waveney.

Vote Leave campaigners celebrate winning the EU referendum in Waveney. - Credit: Archant

'We're going to be a different country' - that was the reaction from campaigners on both sides of the European Union referendum debate in Waveney as the district voted in favour of leaving.

Returning officer Arthur Charvonia announces the result of Waveney count in the EU referendum.

Returning officer Arthur Charvonia announces the result of Waveney count in the EU referendum. - Credit: Archant

Returning officer Arthur Charvonia announced the Waveney result shortly after 4.30pm following a count at Lowestoft's Waterlane Leisure Centre, with 41,290 people - 63 per cent - backing 'leave' and 24,356 - 37 per cent - voting to 'remain'.

Out of an electorate of 90,391, 65,687 people voted - a turnout of 72.7 per cent.

With the out campaign looking set to win in the rest of the country, Waveney Vote Leave co-ordinator Simon Tobin praised the hard work of district volunteers and said the national result was a 'knock on the nose to the establishment'.

Waveney MP Peter Aldous, who had backed remain, said he was 'disappointed' both by the result in Waveney and nationally, saying: 'Locally the remain campaign fought a very good campaign.


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'The three political parties worked on it as hard as they could but we couldn't stem the national tide. We did our best.'

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