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History made as Britain says 'Au Revoir' to EU in referendum

Solihull Editorial 24th Jun, 2016 Updated: 24th Oct, 2016

SOLIHULL has had its say and voted to leave the European Union in the nationwide referendum.

More than 122,000 borough residents turned up at polling stations yesterday, or sent in their postal votes – with 56 per cent voting for Britain to cut its ties with our European neighbours.

The count went on til the early hours, with the final tally seeing 68,484 votes in the borough registered for Leave; 53,466 for Remain; and 70 spoilt or rejected ballot papers.

Voter turnout was 76 percent – higher than usually registered in general election – proving Silhillians were keen to have their say in what will prove to be a historic vote.

Solihull MP Julian Knight tweeted: “Leave has won and there can be no equivocation, we have to deliver and work for exit terms which benefit our country and trust in UK ingenuity.”

Speaking before the result, Meriden MP, Caroline Spelman tweeted: “My party has delivered on our election pledge to hold an In-Out EURef. Whatever the result – we will come together & work hard for Britain.”

Early exit polls had given a narrow victory for the Remain camp, but as the evening wore on it became clear it was actually Leave that had clinched the victory.

Across the Midlands, 30 areas voted Leave, with three – Cheltenham, Cotswold and Warwick – backing Remain.

Check our website throughout the day for all the action, reaction and commentary on this historic day.

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