The quotes that summarise an emotional day in post-referendum politics


It's been an emotional roller-coaster at Westminster as the country woke up to its first Monday morning after voting to leave the EU.

An overwhelming number of resignations from key figures in the Labour shadow cabinet, horrific reports of racial abuse across the country and growing economic uncertainty spelled chaos for politicians on both sides of the referendum debate.

These quotes from some of the biggest names in politics today pretty much sum it up.

Speaking to the House of Commons after hearing about racial abuse directed towards people with European origins following the Brexit vote, David Cameron said...

"Let's remember these people have come here and made a wonderful contribution to our country. And we will not stand for hate crime or these kinds of attacks. They must be stamped out."

It was a long afternoon in the House of Commons.
It was a long afternoon in the House of Commons (PA)

Jeremy Corbyn added to the sentiment as he addressed a rally protesting against calls for him to step down as Labour leader...

"Can we all agree we are going to unite together as one people, one society, one community, to oppose racism?"

But criticism of Corbyn's lacklustre approach to the referendum came in thick and fast, resulting in the resignation of 24 shadow cabinet ministers, as well as other party members. Former shadow leader of the House of Commons Chris Bryant said...

"The writing on the wall is eight metres high and if he can't see it he needs to go to Specsavers."

Chris Bryant reckons Corbyn
Chris Bryant reckons Corbyn "should have gone to Specsavers" (Rick Findler/PA)

The mass resignations themselves came under fire from other key politicians, including former First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond...

"I find that is a debilitating sight, and personally I hope he sticks it out and is vindicated, because I've never seen such a disgusting, organised coup."

Addressing widespread panic over what Brexit will mean for the country's economy, Chancellor George Osborne offered a message of reassurance...

"It will not be plain sailing in the days ahead. But let me be clear - you should not underestimate our resolve. We were prepared for the unexpected and we are equipped for whatever happens."

Osborne stays strong over plans for the post-Brexit economy.
Osborne stays strong over plans for the post-Brexit economy (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

And there has even been unrest in the victorious Leave camp, with Ukip leader Nigel Farage fearing Tory Brexiters were softening on promises to crack down on migration...

"I'm nervous. I'm more nervous than I was on Friday morning. I'm beginning to hear noises, I'm beginning to detect there may be some backsliding and I don't find that acceptable."