Time for reflection, planning and healing
It's going to take time to find solutions to the European Referendum. No one has answers to the implications on borders, investment, markets, trade or jobs.
I’m up in Northumberland this morning working from home. It's a good place to think.
I attended the European Referendum count last night in Newcastle. It was the second area to declare after Gibraltar.
Remain won by a narrow margin (65,404 vs 63,598). Turnout was high (68%).
In the hours that followed the results from around the UK looked tight but there was no indication of what was to come. Pollsters and pundits all called it wrong.
The UK has voted to leave the European Union (17,410,742 vs 16,141,241) on a 72% turnout. Prime Minster David Cameron has resigned and said that he'll leave office by October.
We live in a democracy. The European Referendum decision is painful but it's done. The country is in shock.
No one has answers to the implications on borders, investment, markets, trade or jobs. Therein lies the critical weakness of the Leave campaign. It's going to take time to find solutions.
We're also going to need time to find solutions to the pain of a country that's deeply divided along lines of age, politics, nations and regions.
We're no longer the United Kingdom. We're a country that has decisively chosen to break away a union with its European nations.
It’s a deeply saddening situation. It’s not a situation that I chose.
We need time to find solutions. We time for reflection and reconciliation. In time we need to heal.