Upper Bann voted to leave the European Union

Press Eye - Referendum on the United Kingdom's membership of the European Union Northern Ireland- Titanic Count Centre - Belfast.
Photograph by Declan Roughan
23rd June 2016

The first box of votes is opened at Titanic
Press Eye - Referendum on the United Kingdom's membership of the European Union Northern Ireland- Titanic Count Centre - Belfast. Photograph by Declan Roughan 23rd June 2016 The first box of votes is opened at Titanic
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Constituents in Upper Bann voted to leave the European Union in yesterday’s referendum.

With a 64% turnout 27,262 people voted to leave the EU while 24,550 voted to remain.

The final result has ended with a narrow majority voting in favour of leaving the EU.

However Northern Ireland has voted to remain in the EU Referendum by a majority of 56% to 44%.

Following the result, Prime Minster David Cameron said he would continue for three more months in post, then step down by October.

It is up to a new prime minister to start the formal and legal process of leaving the EU, he said.

First Minister Arlene Foster said; “I think this a good result for the United Kingdom. Our nation state has made a clear definition as to where they want to go forward.”

“They backed hope, they backed aspiration, they backed the future potential of the United Kingdom and I’m very pleased with the result.”

But Martin McGuinness, Sinn Féin, said the entire island of Ireland should now be able to vote on reunification.

He said there was “a democratic imperative” for a border poll. Mr Cameron had been “sleepwalking towards an exit” over the last year, he said.

He accused him of “kow-towing” to the right-wing agenda and the “little Englander mentality”. But, he said, the people of Northern Ireland, both nationalist and unionist, had voted against that.

The deputy first minister said the impact in Northern Ireland would be “very profound”.

The Workers Party welcomed the outcome saying that it is a clear demonstration that working people have rejected the political and economic direction of the European Union despite attempts to deliberately confuse and sidetrack the debate.

“The European Union serves the interests of big business, multinational corporations and the financial institutions. Its policies have made the rich richer and the poor poorer,” Party President Michael Donnelly said.

”The vote to Leave represents a rejection of that philosophy. We are still very much a part of Europe and will continue to have close relationships at all levels but we can now do so free of the anti- worker strictures of the EU institutions,” Mr Donnelly concluded.

TUV leader Jim Allister said: “23rd June 2016 will go down as one of the high points in our nation’s momentous history. The people, the ordinary people, of this great nation took back control, breaking the destructive shackles of the EU and setting our nation on the path to liberty and prosperity.

“Liberated, we now have the opportunity for the rebirth of our nation.

“I congratulate all who made this victory possible by withstanding the scaremongering of the Europhiles and voting Leave. I am particularly proud of North Antrim, which led the way in Northern Ireland with the highest leave vote in the Province.”