Britain's EU Exit Reaction in Herts, Beds, Bucks & Northants
24 June 2016, 12:31
Following this morning's news Britain has voted to Leave the European Union, heart has been getting reaction from local businesses, MPs and significant groups.
"easyJet notes the result of yesterday’s referendum in favour of the UK leaving the EU and is confident that it will not have a material impact on its strategy or its ability to deliver long term sustainable earnings growth and returns to shareholders.
"easyJet has been preparing for this eventuality in the lead up to the referendum vote and has been working on a number of options that will allow it to continue flying in all of its markets.
"easyJet’s initial focus will be to accelerate discussions with UK and EU governments and regulators to ensure that the UK remains part of the single EU aviation market. This would enable EU airlines to fly freely within the UK and between the UK and EU, allow UK airlines to fly freely across Europe and would ensure that consumers continue to benefit from low fares and would mean easyJet and other airlines can continue to operate as they do now. easyJet will also continue to develop its alternative options that will fully maintain its existing network and operations.
"easyJet is confident that its unique network, digital leadership, cost advantage and financial strength will enable it to continue to execute on its strategy and to deliver long term sustainable earnings growth and returns to shareholders."
Carolyn McCall, easyJet Chief Executive said:
“We remain confident in the strength of easyJet’s business model and our ability to continue to deliver our successful strategy and our leading returns. We have today written to the UK Government and the European Commission to ask them to prioritise the UK remaining part of the single EU aviation market, given its importance to trade and consumers.”
Paul Kahn, CEO of Airbus Group UK:
"We respect the decision taken by the British people, which should be seen as a wake-up call for Europe and as a catalyst for change.
We will work constructively with the UK Government to minimise any impact on our operations. While we are disappointed, clearly we will support our workforce and operate our UK facilities. We will study the longer term consequences of this decision on the competitive environment."
Cheryl Smart CEO of Bedfordshire's Chamber of Commerce:
"The immediate priorities are market stability and political clarity - firms want to help Britain get back to business. The health of the economy must be the number priority not the Westminster political post mortem. We want an immediate and unambiguous statement on the next step and a timetable on our exit from the EU."
Joint statement from Milton Keynes MPs Iain Stewart & Mark Lancaster:
“Clearly Milton Keynes and the UK have made a clear decision on our future relationship with the EU. It was a huge exercise of democracy and it is important that we accept the majority view.
"We now need a time of stability and both us will be working to ensure Milton Keynes economy continues to be successful and adapts to the new political environment.
"There are challenges and huge opportunities ahead for us all but it is important we are united at this time and work in the best interests of Milton Keynes.”
Paul Griffiths, Chief Executive of Milton Keynes Chamber of Commerce:
"In the wake of the electorate's historic decision to leave the European Union, the immediate priorities for UK business are market stability and political clarity.
"Some businesspeople will be pleased with the result, and others resigned to it. Yet all companies will expect swift, decisive, and coordinated action from the government and the Bank of England to stabilise markets if trading conditions or the availability of capital change dramatically.
"Firms across the Milton Keynes area want an immediate and unambiguous statement from the Government on next steps, along with a clear timeline for the UK's exit from the European Union.
"Business will also want to see a detailed plan to support the economy during the coming transition period - as confidence, investment, hiring and growth would all be deeply affected by a prolonged period of uncertainty. If ever there were a time to ditch the straight-jacket of fiscal rules for investment in a better business infrastructure, this is it.
"Businesses need action to maintain economic stability, a timeline for exit, and answers to their many practical, real-world questions about doing business during and after this historic transition.
"Firms want help to get Britain back to business at a time of great uncertainty. The health of the economy must be the number one priority – not the Westminster political post-mortem.”
David Mackintosh, MP for Northampton South:
"The people of Northampton and indeed the whole country spoke very clearly yesterday to leave the European Union and gave us clear instructions for the future of our country which we must now follow in full.
The task now is to unite the country and to get the best deal possible for our great country and focus on the future.
"I am very sad that David Cameron has announced his resignation as Prime Minister but he can be proud of his legacy and everything that he has achieved in office."
Peter Lilley, MP for Hitchin & Harpenden:
"I am proud that the British people have had the wisdom, courage and self-confidence to take back control of our laws, money and borders and to ignore the prophets of doom.
"But I am sorry the Prime Minister has announced his resignation – I had hoped he would stay on while working with competent and committed ministers to achieve a smooth and speedy departure from the EU."