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.