Lichfield MP “proud of the British people” after voters back exit from the European Union

Lichfield’s MP says he is “proud of the British people” after they opted to leave the European Union.

The referendum saw the Brexit campaign pull off a victory – a result mirrored in Lichfield and Burntwood where 37,214 people voted to leave, while 26,064 voted to remain. The turnout in the area was 79%.

Michael Fabricant, who had backed the leave campaign, said: “So proud of the British people who despite threats, blackmail and bullying invoked its independent spirit and voted for freedom.”

The Brexit voted also led Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron to announce he would be resigning in the coming months.

The aftermath of the result also saw the financial markets drop, but Mr Fabricant said he expected them to balance out in the coming months.

“Markets go down, then they go up,” he said. “We saw that yesterday. Volatility is nothing new – keep calm.”

Founder of LichfieldLive and editor of the site.

44 Comments

  1. pissedoffbrexiter

    24th June, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    Sitting back for the 2nd referendum, or at least till Mr Cameron pulls out article 50 and stupidly lies like the Brexit campaigners.

  2. Rob

    24th June, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    According to twitter we’re all xenophobes and racists, and only intellectual lefties should take part in the democratic process.
    That must be because we didn’t succumb to the scares, threats and insults of the smug elitists.

    The Secret People

    SMILE at us, pay us, pass us; but do not quite forget.
    For we are the people of England, that never have spoken yet.
    There is many a fat farmer that drinks less cheerfully,
    There is many a free French peasant who is richer and sadder than we.
    There are no folk in the whole world so helpless or so wise.
    There is hunger in our bellies, there is laughter in our eyes;
    You laugh at us and love us, both mugs and eyes are wet:
    Only you do not know us. For we have not spoken yet.

    The fine French kings came over in a flutter of flags and dames.
    We liked their smiles and battles, but we never could say their names.
    The blood ran red to Bosworth and the high French lords went down;
    There was naught but a naked people under a naked crown.
    And the eyes of the King’s Servants turned terribly every way,
    And the gold of the King’s Servants rose higher every day.
    They burnt the homes of the shaven men, that had been quaint and kind.
    Till there was not bed in a monk’s house, nor food that man could find.
    The inns of God where no main paid, that were the wall of the weak,
    The King’s Servants ate them all. And still we did not speak.

    And the face of the King’s Servants grew greater than the King:
    He tricked them, and they trapped him, and stood round him in a ring.
    The new grave lords closed round him, that had eaten the abbey’s fruits,
    And the men of the new religion, with their bibles in their boots,
    We saw their shoulders moving, to menace or discuss,
    And some were pure and some were vile, but none took heed of us.
    We saw the King as they killed him, and his face was proud and pale;
    And a few men talked of freedom, while England talked of ale.

    A war that we understood not came over the world and woke
    Americans, Frenchmen, Irish; but we knew not the things they spoke.
    They talked about rights and nature and peace and the people’s reign:
    And the squires, our masters, bade us fight; and never scorned us again.
    Weak if we be for ever, could none condemn us then;
    Men called us serfs and drudges; men knew that were were men.
    In foam and flame at Trafalgar, on Albeura plains,
    We did and died like lions, to keep ouselves in chains.
    We lay in living ruins; firing and fearing not
    The strange face of the Frenchman who know for what they fought,
    And the man who seemed to be more than man we strained against and broke;
    And we broke our own right with him. And still we never spoke.

    Our patch of glory ended; we never heard guns again.
    But the squire seemed struck in the saddle; he was foolish, as if in pain.
    He leaned on a staggering lawyer, he clutched a cringing Jew,
    He was stricken; it may be, after all, he was stricken at Waterloo.
    Or perhaps the shades of the shaven men, whose spoil is in his house,
    Come back in shining shapes at last to spil his last carouse:
    We only know the last sad squires ride slowly towards the sea,
    And a new people takes the land: and still it is not we.

    They have given us into the hand of new unhappy lords,
    Lords without anger and honour, who dare not carry their swords.
    They fight by shuffling papers; they have bright dead alien eyes;
    They look at our labour and laughter as a tired man looks at flies.
    And the load of their loveless pity is worse than the ancient wrongs,
    Their doors are shut in the evening; and they know no songs.

    We hear men speaking for us of new laws strong and sweet,
    Yet is there no man speaketh as we speak in the street.
    It may be we shall rise the last as Frenchmen rose the first,
    Our wrath come after Russia’s wrath and our wrath be the worst.
    It may be we are meant to mark with our riot and our rest
    God’s scorn for all men governing. It may be beer is best.
    But we are the people of England; and we have not spoken yet.
    Smile at us, pay us, pass us. But do not quite forget.

    G. K. Chesterton

  3. Darryl

    24th June, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    Tragic day in my opinion.

    The middle-aged, self-centered Tories of Lichfield strike again.

  4. Non Sequitur

    24th June, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    Why should I lower my expectations,
    To accomodate someone else’s incompetence?
    Why should I accept mediocrity…
    Because that’s the highest the bar has been risen.
    And anything above that,
    Is asking for miracles!

    Dumbed down you may be,
    With a philosophy bordering on self neglect.
    That’s you and the way you have chosen to see your life.
    But ‘ignorance-is-bliss’ I can not dismiss…
    To skip along and whistle like this mindset is alright!
    A drugging has been done to delight blind appetites!

    Who wins a debate as the nation is set to flames…
    With clear leadership nonexisting,
    Is a moral shame being played out as a blame game.
    And folks treating this like a boxing match…
    As they discuss who looks presidental,
    While thieves seek an escape hatch…is sick! Okay?

    You can say what you wish.
    But millions of people observing this,
    Have to see deception being praised.
    And the question of expectation that I have raised,
    Seems the wrong thing to ask…
    In these days when appearances are more important,
    Than the death of reality in the minds of those crazed!
    Lawrence S. Pertillar

  5. Darryl

    24th June, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    Missed this in the first pass:

    “Markets go down, then they go up,” he said. “We saw that yesterday. Volatility is nothing new – keep calm.”

    £132,000,000,000 wiped off FTSE, the lowest sterling value in 35 years, this isn’t just up and down you ignorant moron.

  6. Rob

    24th June, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    Shame that lawrence S etc isn’t English.
    His ramblings may even have been relevant.
    Another nice n-d-p to hide behind, makes you look clever.

  7. Non Sequitur

    24th June, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    Au contraire, not a shame at all, I quite like the concept of embracing other races, cultures, ideas and yes even poems by Americans. Kind of enhances us rather than demeans us.

    Don’t really want to dignify your n-d-p comment because of course “Rob” is no less of a nom de plume as it gives you equal anonymity. If it helps, “Just call me Dave”

  8. Rob

    24th June, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    I like that concept too. I don’t think it’s appropriate in this particiularly English instance.
    “Rob” is an abreviation of my name “Robert”, unlike yourself, anonymity is not a problem for me.

  9. Non Sequitur

    24th June, 2016 at 11:39 pm

    I assume by English you actually meant British – you know Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Gibraltar all voted too, None of them would thank you for being classified as English

    I like abbreviations too Rob, you can call me Non if that helps any. Not that it makes any difference, as Robert or Rob you remain as anonymous as I do as Non or Non Sequitur or indeed Dave, But let’s not let that get in way of things eh?

  10. Lucas

    24th June, 2016 at 11:40 pm

    Terrible day for Britain’s standing in the world. Young people in particular will bear the brunt. They’ll never experience freedom of movement and freedom to study within the EU.

    There’s also the little matter of our economy stalling and the breakup of the UK. Not to mention a more right-wing Conservative party. Our MP bears some responsibility for this.

  11. Nick

    25th June, 2016 at 3:03 am

    Grow up Darryl and stop being such a sore loser. And guess what – the FTSE recovered two thirds of it’s intra day losses and ended the week higher, so get your facts straight.

    The world will not end and the sky will not fall down. The EU is a failing institution and finally, people have woken up to it. Other countries will follow suit.

  12. Steve

    25th June, 2016 at 8:54 am

    I am so glad to see Osbourne go, a cruel, vindictive and incompetent chancellor.

    I wouldn’t leave him in charge of a piggy bank.

    Missed every target, he has set himself.

    Glad to see we can now control our own budgets and spending.

    I would also like to see a role for Gisela Stuart in the cabinet, she has really impressed me and I think we need to have a mix of people and parties to create unity in the country.

  13. Localman

    25th June, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    Just one thing. Please please may we not have an “independence day”. It will continually remind us of our differences. Some of us (actually half of us) do not see it as a cause for celebration.

  14. Steve

    26th June, 2016 at 8:19 am

    Wonder if Brexit, is also the end of the Friarsgate development.

    U&I have seen their shares drop from 240.50p to 166.50p in the past year

    http://www.hl.co.uk/shares/shares-search-results/u/u-and-i-group-plc-ordinary-50p

    Finance may be harder to get, their share price is down.

    It would be a major problem for the council, as Friarsgate was supposed to be Lichfields saviour.

  15. Nick

    26th June, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    Steve. If Friarsgate is a viable proposition, properly costed and with some high-quality tenants already lined up, it will be built. This is not dissimilar to the development in Mere Green; it may take a while, but it will be built.

  16. Jb

    26th June, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    There is some question as to who the Friars gate land actually belongs to ,I was talking to a friend of mine who believes ithe bus station and half of the multi story car park ,were gifted to the people of Lichfield by swinffenbraun and the documents were archived in the Guildhall ,if this is the case where does it leave Friars gate ?

  17. Jb

    26th June, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    I notice a petition online for a second referendum I didn’t know the Vatican had ,had a population explosion from 880 to some 33,000 the mentality of remain boggles

  18. Rob

    26th June, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    I see the elitist lefties are blaming the referendum for the “split in society”.
    What they fail to realise is that society has long been divided but they were so arrogant and cock-sure of their intelectual superiority that they dismissed anyone who didn’t agree with them as racists and xenophobes, and reassured each other that the multicultural project was going along nicely.
    The referendum wasn’t a cause, it was a release, yet they’re still in denial.

  19. Nick

    26th June, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    Jb. Maybe, but money tends to talk in the end. Unless us Lichfield folk really don’t want this development (can’t see that), then they will find a way!

  20. Jon

    26th June, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    Jb .. Utter rubbish the land is owned by Lichfield district council and was not gifted see here for the facts

    http://lichfielddc.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=b0205fcbfb854ea49a2ce6ac341259f7

  21. Darryl

    26th June, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    @Nick

    I’m astonished at your clairvoyance. If only you’d come out previously and informed everyone “it’ll be OK…”

    Oh look, we’re a couple of days in and it certainly isn’t OK and the future is, distinctly, uncertain.

    Only right wing opportunist declare the EU a dying organization, because it suits their narrow-minded, unqualified rhetoric. Glad you weren’t persuaded by stability, values, fairness etc.

    The leave have their Pyrrhic victory, and zero plan for the future.

  22. Nick

    26th June, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    Darryl. You are so wide of the mark and have got it the wrong way round. Staying in the EU suits big business, big government and the shady plans of the global elite.

    The architect of the EEC made it very clear as far back as 1952 what it’s real purpose was:-

    “Europe’s nations should be guided towards the super-state without their people understanding what is happening. This can be accomplished by successive steps, each disguised as having an economic purpose, but which will eventually and irreversibly lead to federation.” Jean Monnet (Founding Father Of The EU in a letter to a friend 30th April 1952).)”

    In terms of economics, how does the most protectionist bloc on earth, with artifically set prices and payments, especially to farmers, have any real hope of being viable in the long-term? It doesn’t.

    In terms of social engineering: this was clearly always the aim. Bail out the poor countries and/or move a lot of their people to the richer countries.

    A free trade agreement between friendly nation states is a good idea. Lying to 500 million people about the real intent is not. You can’t fool all of the people all of the time. The Netherlands will be next. And if France even gets to the stage of a referendum, it will all be over.

    This is why I voted Leave.

    I accept that you don’t agree, and that’s fine. But the rules of the referendum were set in advance (clearly Cameron did not foresee this result!). Now, we all need to get back to the business of creating a great country and stop squabbling about it.

  23. Andy Class War

    26th June, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    Wow. People still debating the merits of EU membership. We’ve had a referendum,the result is leave. We’re leaving, get used to it.

  24. Darryl

    26th June, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    @everyone

    Nick’s comment is now on Lichfield Live and is for everyone to see, I’d encourage everyone to research that Monnet ‘quote’ which I’ll tell you now, is dangerous bunkum that anti-EU people use to further their aims.

    Much like the leave campaign Nick, lies and damned lies to further your aims.

    Finally “make this country great?” This country was just fine, all you’ve done is make us a laughing, unstable, introvert nation.

  25. Darryl

    26th June, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    I disagree @Andy a campaign of lies and untruths which people did not understand, it’s simply too important to leave it like this.

  26. Nick

    26th June, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    Darryl. The flaw in your argument is that it is actually happening!

    My aims? To live in a democratic, thriving, secure country. And for you to say everything was “just fine” shows you are totally out of touch with reality. It quite clearly wasn’t just fine.

    You disagree? That’s fine. 17 million agreed.

  27. Steve

    26th June, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    Remain lied also:

    15 June 2016

    George Osborne says he will have to slash public spending and increase taxes in an emergency Budget to tackle a £30bn “black hole” if the UK votes to leave the European Union.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-eu-referendum-36534192

    26 June 2016

    Mr Javid, a close ally of Mr Osborne, declined to comment on whether there would be an emergency budget.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-36633165

  28. Rob

    26th June, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    “which people did not understand”
    Talk about insulting?
    Shame you weren’t on hand to explain it to us simpletons.

  29. Darryl

    26th June, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    @Rob

    From their own mouths.

  30. Rob

    26th June, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    All of them?
    Seventeen million, or whatever it was. voted for something that they didn’t understand?

  31. Pam

    26th June, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    I am still waiting for the leave “heroes” to tell us what the plan is!

    If we voted again today now having confirmation from the leave campaign that they don’t and never have had a plan, the result would be very different!

    People voted for the wrong cause i.e. Politics is not working correctly. If anything this just shows people want to be listened to and the politicians clearly are NOT listening.

    No one says the EU is perfect, but we need to work together to progress. We are not at war, we have a good economy and apparently now important to Europe, so what is so bad about that?

    Do the right thing and sign the petition for a re vote! Let’s go to the future for our future people, not back to the past with rose tinted glasses, we all know things were never as good as we remember!

  32. Darryl

    26th June, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    Yes Rob, all 17.4m.

    No, quite a number have been interviewed or posted their thoughts on social media, it’s not unreasonable to anticipate that those numbers could be larger across those that voted to leave the EU, especially among younger voters.

  33. Nick

    26th June, 2016 at 9:36 pm

    Pam. “we need to work together to progress”. What does this actually mean in real world terms? Because this was pretty-much the main message from the Remain camp. When pressed though, a solid and meaningful reply is never forthcoming; just vague and woolly platitudes.

    In reality, we just need to make and sell goods and services that people (here and abroad) want to actually buy. As long as we can do that, this country will thrive unshackled by EU bureaucracy. Why stay stuck to a static trading block that is stagnant

    i thought Lord Digby Jones summed it up very well earlier today.

    And a 2nd vote ain’t happening.

  34. Andy Class War

    26th June, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    And yet the vote stands and we’re leaving the EU. That’s the reality. What matters now is the post EU settlement.

  35. Laurence Skermer

    27th June, 2016 at 8:05 am

    Andy is , of course, quite right. There will not be, nor should there be, a second referendum. We have a result and it now behoves all of us, from whichever side we started, to accept the result and work to make the best of it. In my view, the future will not be as bad as the remain side made out, but it will not be as good as the leavers claimed either.
    FWIW I voted to remain, because I believed our future was better within the EU. That is a matter of opinion; if someone disagrees that is their prerogative, I would not presume to question their intelligence purely on that basis. Some of the comments coming from individuals on the leave and remain sides however, make this stance more difficult.

  36. Jb

    27th June, 2016 at 8:45 am

    Jon only going on what I was told ,someone’s looking in to it at the moment anyway A fair few older Lichfield residents seem to think it holds some truth

  37. AgitatorofPeople

    27th June, 2016 at 10:17 am

    I voted remain, unfortunately it went the other way, and now Brexiters are finding that £350M a week wont be spent on the NHS or that Immigration has not stopped.
    The vote broken down by total voting population worked out as 37.44% leave 34.56% remain and 28.00% couldn’t be arsed to vote, thats only 37.44% of the UK voted leave, hardly reassuring, there is grounds for a second referendum.
    And frankly, there are grounds for a calling a general election, we were promised an EU referendum and action on the result, now the PM has resigned and will be handing the decision to stay or go to another “non democratically elected” Prime Minister, nobody except the Tory elite get a say in that one.

    Democracy in this country is dead, the media are working themselves into a froth over who will be the next Tory PM, but if Tories aren’t going to action the EU Vote result, then a General Election should be called.

  38. Nick

    27th June, 2016 at 10:36 am

    AgitatorofPeople.
    The rules of the referendum were crystal clear beforehand; a straight majority carries the day. No amount of carping now, is going to change that, just because the result wasn’t what you wanted. Or are you suggesting the vote doesn’t count because 28% couldn’t be bothered? Their choice not to participate; it was still the biggest turnout in a generation.

    And a change of PM mid-term, is hardly a Tory thing. When did it happen the previous time?

    The one thing we need right now, badly, is some clear leadership.

  39. Asellus aquaticus

    27th June, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    Fabricant is proud of the British people? Can someone tell him not to make such wide generalisations? The inclusiveness of his statement leaves me feeling dirty.

  40. In my opinion

    27th June, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    Be proud we have a democracy.
    If this went to a second vote I would never vote again
    The people have spoken

  41. AgitatorofPeople

    27th June, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    Major after Thatcher, Brown after Blair, just because the media wants to turn this into a political version of “Gogglebox” doesn’t mean its right or democratic, nobody in the “Real World” gets a say in who is the next PM that takes or might not even take EU Article 50 to it’s voted for conclusion. It is still the governments final decision to leave, and they are looking pretty shaky about it at the moment.
    Clear leadership? it’s more likely going to turn into a messy “Night of the long knives” situation.
    This is what comes out of a two party political system, we need serious electoral reform, never mind European reformation.

  42. Nick

    27th June, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    We voted a party in, not a PM.

    And there is zero possibility that we will remain in the EU. MPs had to vote last September on the referendum act – whether to hold a referendum. It was passed by a big majority. There is no chance it will be overturned.

  43. AgitatorofPeople

    28th June, 2016 at 9:48 am

    “We must respect British democracy” Jean-Claude Juncker this morning. If only our democratically elected leaders would do the same. Nick you say there is no chance that it will be overturned, but our leaders are hardly storming ahead with our “democratically” elected decision, if somebody had run off with all of the ballot boxes on the night of the election and then held onto them until October, there would be uproar, riots in the streets stuff, but once again we are buying in to the media like sheep, are they fighting for our democratic right? no they are concentrating on the Labour party implosion.
    Don’t be an apologist for a Conservative party that should be carrying out its own promises but are now found to be running scared of a result they initiated.

  44. Nick

    28th June, 2016 at 11:48 am

    There is no doubt that the result has caught everyone, including the Leave side, on the hop. I would agree with you on that point.

    But you know what? I would rather go with the majority’s wishes (those that couldn’t be bothered to turn up can’t expect to be counted) than simply cow tow to the millionaire celebrities and their pals in the media telling us, actually, we got it wrong. We need another go. Or maybe a few more goes, until we get it right.

    Cameron would rather be known as the PM that took us out of the EU, than the PM that took the country to the brink of civil war. Because going back on this vote would cause that.

    We will clearly not agree on the outcome. And we should respect each other’s views. But, if I was in a position of power, the first thing to change would be the withdrawal of the BBC’s charter. They are nothing more than establishment lackies.

    For me, the statesman that I most respect, is actually an old Communist (I bet that surprised you!). He is the main reason I no longer go to bed fearing the possibility of nuclear annihilation, as I did when I was a kid.

    Mikhail Gorbachev said this ““The most puzzling development in politics during the last decade is the apparent determination of Western European leaders to re-create the Soviet Union in Western Europe.”

    And that is why I voted Leave.

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