Warwick Stands Together after Brexit vote

A show of unity has been made in Leamington after voters joined the Stand Together campaign following last week's EU referendum.

Wednesday, 29th June 2016, 2:57 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 6:10 pm
Stand Together outside Leamington Town Hall

Over 50 people from across the district gathered outside Leamington Town Hall on Tuesday to show unity and address feelings of unease within the community following last week’s vote on Britain’s membership of the European Union.

The Stand Together event was just one of many held in areas across the UK where voters came out as remain in the national referendum.

Richard Dixon for the Liberal Democrats, Ben Wesson for Labour and Jonathan Chilvers for The Green Party all spoke to encourage a need for unity and openness at a time of political unease.

Stand Together outside Leamington Town Hall

Organisers of the town gathering said it was all about showing that the district is inclusive and open to all, regardless of gender, race, sexual identity or demography.

Ben Wesson, Warwick and Leamington Labour Party’s European Champion who was behind the evening, said: “The debate on Britain’s membership of the EU has exposed some deep-rooted divisions in our community.

“There has been much sorrow and anger after the result. Whilst this is understandable, now is the time to unite and to heal so that we can think carefully about Warwick District and the UK’s future.

“We stood together outside Leamington Town Hall yesterday evening, as we wanted to restate our commitment to working together, being tolerant, inclusive and respectful of one another’s views.

Stand Together outside Leamington Town Hall

“It is clear over the coming months that we will need to build bridges across the divides caused by the referendum debate and to understand how best to go forward in a positive manner.”

Warwick was the only area in the West Midlands which voted remain with 58.8 per cent of voters behind the campaign.