John Spellar

Labour MP for Warley

John Spellar MP on the EU referendum result

Today is an unmistakable expression of the voice of the people of Sandwell and Britain as a whole. The outcome is clear and must be respected. Britain must now start to make arrangements to leave the EU.

The stubbornness in negotiations of the EU bureaucracy and many leading European nations probably made it inevitable that the British people would vote to leave. They will now have to answer to their own populations for their own decisions, but it will now be without our help.


While there will be a number of complicated issues to be resolved, they must not be used as an excuse to delay the decision. It may be that the reality of British exit will lead to a new and improved arrangement among the EU States which might be more attractive for Britain to re-join. But that is for another day.

However, standing along will pose its own challenges and will require a revival of our National spirit, standing up for our country, its people and its industry. This will require new thinking and new people. The tired elite in the civil service will have to change their ways or give way to those who will take up the challenge.

Leaving is now inevitable, but whether we succeed or not depends on us alone, our future is literally in our own hands.


Please check your e-mail for a link to activate your account.
commented 2016-06-28 15:11:04 +0100
It is the duty of MPs to represent their local community’s interests and concerns. The reality is that people in Sandwell hardly turned up at all for this referendum. We had one of the lowest turnouts of below 67% so it could be said that “the voice” was not as “unmistakable” as said. Your constituency turnout shows it is not too bothered by the EU question.

They worry about stability, prosperity, security, a bright & hopeful future, jobs and the sudden increase in race related violence in your area.

Somehow the EU has accidentally become caught up in all this and the negative effects of a conservative austerity programme that has hit hospitals, schools housing and the poor etc. These are things you have said and suggested to via your votes in the past on less austerity and more EU integration.

Therefore look at what is best for all and not ONLY at the voice of the 52% with a <72% turn out in what was clearly stated as a non-binding and only advisory referendum. Don’t forget the 48%.

Do you really think leaving the EU is best for this constituency? Could your years of thought, views and votes on the EU be so suddenly and easily changed in less than 24 hours like that?

If not, then you should vote that way. The public wanted free tuition but you voted for more tuition on more than one occasion, the public were unsure about foundation hospitals and you voted for them. But you always made these decisions because you felt they were in our best interests.

When voting in Parliament on the referendum please ask yourself, do I truly believe leaving the EU in this way is the best thing for my local community?

The Labour Party will place cookies on your computer to help us make this website better.

Please read this to review the updates about which cookies we use and what information we collect on our site.

To find out more about these cookies, see our privacy notice. Use of this site confirms your acceptance of these cookies.