In the EU referendum, the UK voted to leave the European Union. For all the reasons I have set out, recently and over 9 years, I believe the people of the UK have made the right choice for our country. We must now form a Government willing to implement the dual mandate of the Conservative manifesto and the Referendum result.
We know the public took this decision seriously and that many people disagree. After a Remain campaign which relentlessly stoked fear and anxiety, it is not surprising people are fearful and anxious. That is much to be regretted. I am certain we have nothing to fear from becoming a normal self-governing country, making our own laws, trading freely with the world and conducting public policy on the basis of UK citizenship, not EU citizenship.
In common with several adjacent areas, Wycombe District narrowly voted Remain. As I have explained in detail here, it is not possible to say how the significantly smaller Parliamentary constituency voted. All my campaigning, and especially canvassing, suggests Wycombe constituency will have voted Leave but this cannot be proven.
I believe this is an historic opportunity to renew our country as an optimistic, outward-looking, tolerant, liberal and internationalist democracy and I shall work to that end. I would encourage everyone to unite behind this collective democratic decision and to move forward with buoyancy and hope.