Independence Day – June 23rd 2016

Referendum results for Somerset

Final Referendum Result June 23rd 2016


89714 68451 76.3 68414 26545 41869 38.8 61.2

West Somert.

27478 21755 79.2 21734 8566 13168 39.4 60.6

South Somt.

126495 99535 78.7 99467 42527 56940 42.8 57.2

Taunton Dean

84164 65789 78.2 65733 30944 34789 47.1 52.9

North Somt

160860 124637 77.5 124548 59572 64976 47.8 52.2


85068 65529 77 65455 33427 32028 51.1 48.9


136522 105300 77.1 105230 60878 44352 57.9 42.1
Total 710751 550996 77.5 550581 262549 288122 47.7 52.3
UK 33,551,983 72.2 16,141,241 17,410,742 48 52



The first battle has been won and Somerset voters played their part in full – we now need to ensure that Brexit is applied in full

On 23rd June 2016 the UK held a Referendum asking whether we should Remain or Leave the EU. The result was Remain 16,141,241 votes (48.1%) Leave 17,410,742 votes (51.9%)- Turnout 72.2%. This was the People’s decision and the Prime Minister, David Cameron accepted the result commenting “The British people have voted to leave the European Union and their will must be respected. The will of the British people is an instruction that must be delivered”.

John Penrose a former Remain MP has said: "Brexit means Brexit. The people have spoken”.

Senior Tory sources say the new Tory leader, Theresa May, has already drawn up the key red lines that must be included before she will accept any agreement on the country’s future relationship with Brussels.

Number one item on the list will be the ending free movement for EU citizens to come to the UK.

She is also determined to ensure that the EU's Court of Justice no longer has any supremacy over UK law.

A source close to the Tory leader said: "The clear message from the EU referendum was that people want us to get back control of our borders. Theresa is absolutely determined to do that."

The issue is no longer a party issue, nor the issue of an individual MP. The people have spoken and it is incumbent on all MPs to deliver the instruction.

The principles of the new settlement are clear and have been consistently advocated by Vote Leave during the campaign as well as included in their Roadmap

In order to bring into effect immigration controls an Asylum and Immigration Control Bill will be introduced. This would end the automatic right of all EU citizens to enter the UK by the next election. We will be able to carry out proper security checks on those entering and refuse entry to known criminals. EU citizens will be subject to UK law rather than EU immigration legislation. The Bill would end the discrimination against non-EU citizens and create a genuine points-based immigration system in which the possession of suitable skills is a key element. The Bill will also end the European Court’s control of the UK’s asylum policy by the next general election. Immediately after the referendum, a process should be established to consider the details of this new system.

In Summary, all Vote Leave campaigners have promoted the above settlement. People who voted leave will expect this as the key basis of the settlement. We are aware that there are Remain MPs who wish to stop Brexit as well as Leave MPs who are backtracking on the removal of Freedom of Movement. We are deeply concerned as this would derail the purpose of the referendum. We need to secure the support of all MPs.

To this end we are contacting all Somerset MPs to ensure that they are fully committed to Brexit.

They are:

Leave MPs at the time of the Referendum

Remain MPs at the time of the Referendum

Not yet committed at the time of the Referendum