EU referendum: What is happening in East Anglia?

PUBLISHED: 06:28 24 June 2016

The EU Referendum count at Riverside Leisure Centre in Chelmsford.

The EU Referendum count at Riverside Leisure Centre in Chelmsford.


East Anglian voters want a Brexit, backing the national picture following yesterday’s referendum.

The EU Referendum count at Riverside Leisure Centre in Chelmsford. The minute silence for Jo Cox MP.The EU Referendum count at Riverside Leisure Centre in Chelmsford. The minute silence for Jo Cox MP.

In total the Leave campaign is leading in the region with just a handful of district results outstanding.

Ipswich voted in favour of Leave, which polled 38,655 votes to the Remain’s 27,698, on a 75.2% turnout.

Babergh also voted for Leave with 29,993,and Remain polling 25,309 votes. Turnout was 80%.

In the Mid-Suffolk district, the Leavers won out with 33,794 votes to the Remainers’ 27,391. Turnout was 78.2%.

In St Edmundsbury, Leave won with 35,224 votes to 26,986 for Remain with 76.7% turnout.

Suffolk Coastal district had an 81% turnout with 37,218 Remain votes to Leave’s 41,966.

In Waveney, the turnout was 73% with Leave polling 41,290 to the Remain 24,356.

Forest Heath was the first Suffolk result to come in, with Remain polling 9,791 to Leave’s 18,160 with a 72.6% turnout.

Colchester had a 75.1% turnout, with 51,305 voting for Leave and 44,414 voting to Remain.

In Braintree Leave also came out top with 52,713 votes to 33,523.

Chelmsford has a 77.6% turnout, and voted 53,249 in favour of Leave with 47,545 for Remain.

In Great Yarmouth, a 69.1% turnout led to 35,834 votes for Leave and 14,284 for Remain.

Uttlesford had a huge 80.3% turnout with Leave edging slightly ahead with 26,324 votes to Remain’s 25,619.

The Leave camp gained 33,706 votes in Broxbourne, 66.3pc of those cast, while Remain had 17,166 votes, accounting for 33.7pc.

Turnout was 73.7pc.

Those heading to polling stations during the evening rush braved torrential rain and thunderstorms and there were reports of delays getting ballot boxes to the counting centres.

In Great Yarmouth the turnout was 69pc, the highest since the 1997 general election. Chelmsford recorded a turn out of 78%.

David Cameron’s hopes of remaining in Number 10 on his on terms have been boosted after a Brexit-backing group of MPs has told him it is his duty to stay.

North-West Norfolk MP Sir Henry Bellingham has orchestrated a letter, signed by the majority of leave MPs, which says: “We who are supporters of Vote Leave and are members of the Conservative parliamentary party, thank you for giving the British people a choice of their destiny on June 23 2016.

“We believe whatever the British people decide you have both a mandate and a duty to continue leading the nation, implementing our 2015 manifesto.”

The letter was released at 10pm as the polls closed.

In Essex, Vote Leave supporters, including Colchester MP Will Quince and Braintree MP James Cleverly, have signed a letter telling the prime minister he has a “mandate and a duty to continue leading the nation”.

Harwich MP Bernard Jenkin said he had not signed the letter, but had communicated directly with Mr Cameron expressing hope that he would stay on.

Witham MP Priti Patel also signed the letter. She later tweeted: The Conservative Party has delivered the referendum. Now back to working with colleagues to deliver the reforms we pledged in our manifesto.”

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