Harrogate and Knaresborough MP on Referendum results

Andrew Jones MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough
Andrew Jones MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough
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Harrogate and Knaresborough's MP has expressed sadness to the Prime Minister's decision to step down but has highlighted the importance of re-uniting the nation which is has been divided by the result.

David Cameron has announced he will step down as Prime Minister and the nation is divided over the result which has seen the UK decide to leave the EU

But while Andrew Jones MP joined the majority here in the town who voted to remain, the Harrogate and Knaresborough MP has said we must bring our country back together.

Mr Jones said: "The decision to leave the EU was not my choice, but first and foremost as a democracy what we have to do is respect the public's decision.

"Whatever your personal views you have to put those aside and work to implement these instructions the people have given us.

"I was just one voter here we all had one vote each. There are many lessons and implications we can see from this referendum but the key thing is that we are quite a divided country over this and we must not rush to make hasty conclusions but one thing we have to do is work to bring our country together again.

"My politics has always been about partnerships and solutions bringing people together rather than dividing and I think that is something we have to think about."

Mr Jones said he had always thought the result would be very close both nationally and in the Harrogate borough, but he also said he was not surprised by the majority decision here.

Earlier today, David Cameron said he thought it was right that someone else would be better suited to 'steer the country in it's new direction'.

While Mr Jones said he understood Mr Cameron's decision, having tried to 'secure a better deal' for the country in the EU and that deal having been rejected, although he was saddened by the news.

He said: "He has put his heart and soul into this, in securing a better deal within the EU and then putting that deal to the British public.

"Personally I am very saddened, I think he has been a first class Prime Minister - we have gone from one of the deepest recessions in any of our lifetimes to one of the fastest growing countries amongst the developed economies."

Right now, Mr Jones said it was too soon to say who should take over the position.

He said: "I think a number of people will put their names forward. It's incredibly early days but time will move fast here and I will have to look at the campaigns. This is a really big question so let's see who puts their names forward."