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Babergh joins the rest of Suffolk in voting to leave the EU

A Leave campaign leaflet
A Leave campaign leaflet

Voters in the Babergh district have decided to back a Brexit from the European Union.

Despite the weather 55,274 votes were cast with 78.3 per cent of the district voting.

The campaign to leave received 29,993 votes while the remain camp received 25,309 votes.

Speaking after the declaration UKIP South Suffolk chairman Steven Whalley said: “I’m very pleased. We have put in a lot of effort to get people to take an interest in the vote.

“I’m very pleased that the turnout figure was so high, actually higher than the general election.

“I think it has energised politics. People have voted who don’t usually or vote infrequently.

“People that don’t usually vote are going to vote to leave as voting to remain is more of the same.

“I’m hoping people will now be more interested in taking an interest in politics in general, not just for UKIP.”

He also praised the work between the different major parties in the campaign.

Asked about financial concerns as the value of the pound plummeted, he agreed it was a concern but said it was often the case following the ‘volatility of elections’.

He added that he felt it was also a reaction as ‘the big money’ had been put into the remain campaign and said work would now begin to show other countries and markets that there was nothing to worry about.

Remain campaigner Dave Busby, Liberal Democrat Suffolk County Councillor for Belstead Brook, said: “Obviously I’m disappointed. It’s going to be a very difficult few days and months for the country and for Europe.

“From my point I think both campaigns got it wrong. People asked for facts but we can’t give facts for a prediction.

“I think people recognise the deficiencies. Why do you have two headquarters?”

“It’s this kind of thing people are fed up with.”

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