Don’t regret Brexit decision, says Suffolk police chief

PUBLISHED: 11:00 05 July 2016

Michael Gove and Boris Johnson join Tim Passmore during a visit to Ipswich for the leave campaign.

Michael Gove and Boris Johnson join Tim Passmore during a visit to Ipswich for the leave campaign.

One of Suffolk’s most prominent “Vote Leave” supporters has urged those who voted the same way not to feel guilty about their decision.

The county’s Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore was speaking after social media comments from those disappointed by the referendum result were seen as attacking those who had voted to leave.

However Mr Passmore also said those worried about the decision should be understood – and that everyone should work together to try to ensure stability returned to the economic and political system as soon as possible.

He said: “We must all work together to make the decision work. We have to try to ensure community cohesion. There can be no place for hatred or xenophobia in our society.”

“There was a fairly clear majority in the end – but everyone needs to remember that 48% of the population disagreed with the decision and we have to work to bring people together.”

Concerns about immigration had dominated the campaign – but those should now be put to one side as the government works on implementing the decision.

He said the Prime Minister’s decision to step down had been a surprise and he had not yet thought who would get his vote in the party ballot for a new leader. Mr Passmore said: “We shall see who emerges as the two candidates for us to choose between over the next few weeks.”

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