Blackpool's Brexit voters revel in 'giving the metropolitan elite a kicking'

Blackpool's Brexit voters revel in 'giving the metropolitan elite a kicking'

Voters in pro-Brexit Blackpool, where 67.5% wanted to leave the EU, tell Helen Pidd how they feel four days on from the referendum earthquakeInspecting the odds for the England game outside a betting shop in central Blackpool, Eric Tomlinson was in fine spirits. At the age of 74, the retired weaver had finally experienced an election result he liked. “Why have we been paying these bureaucrats so many billions in Europe?” he asked, sucking hard on the end of his cigarette. “All this cash we’ve been handing over and we’ve had to blimmin’ do what they say.”He was on a roll: “All these migrants have been coming from abroad and we can’t stop them because of the EU. It’s a load of muck. I don’t know why Edward Heath took us in there in the 1970s. Aneurin Bevan gave us the welfare state, but that was when everyone was British. Why should we keep the foreigners? I saw in the paper about a woman in London with nine kids: they knocked two houses together for them. What’s that about? England is for the English. To hell with foreigners.” Continue reading...

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