Voters in Grimsby criticise government approach to Brexit

Voters in Grimsby have claimed the Government has “forgotten the north” in its approach to Brexit.

Speaking during a visit to the town by Prime Minister Theresa May both leave and remain voters voiced concerns over her approach to the Brexit process with just 21 days to go before Britain’s scheduled departure date.

The constituency of North East Lincolnshire voted 69.9% to leave the European Union in 2016.

Speaking during her visit to the town Mrs May acknowledged “no one knows” what will happen if her plan is defeated in Tuesday’s crunch vote.

Richard Osbourne, 29, who voted remain in 2016, told the Press Association: “How is this going to improve the industrial north? Quite frankly we are treated like one of the last frontiers, probably how the colonies were treated 200 years ago. We seem to be largely forgotten about.

“The fishing industry declined in this town which was obviously the backbone of our economy 30 years ago, and to come here with cheap political posturing, I don’t think is going to make a difference.

“You’re going to come here and what, assure us everything is going to get better whilst you’re continually taking money out of our fairly well depleted pockets, and try and tell us that everything is going to get better and just hang in there?”

Another remain voter, David Lister, 51, said: “You can’t have a no deal, get the deal put in place, get it sorted out.

“You’ve had three years, people are fed up with it, they’re fed up with this austerity and it’s time the Government sorted issues out and not just pass them on.”

He added: “The younger generation now, who are eligible to vote, were 16, unfortunately a lot of people died, there’s a lot of people who’ve realised the whole thing was a con and it should never have happened.”

Although, a leave presence is still strong among some in the town.

Among them is leave voter Catherine Danby, 62, who said: “I think we should just come out, regardless of what anybody says, we voted on it to leave and now they don’t want to leave.

“I was born before we had the EU and I voted not to go in it in the first place, and now we want to leave but it’s taken us all this time to leave.”

Verena Harris, 65, said: “I think there’s a lot of scaremongering, I’ve had a lot of people turn around and say that we’d be worse off and they don’t know what’s going to happen in the future, but I think we’d be better off out of it.

“We saw how it was before we went in it, so why shan’t we be the same again, who knows? I don’t know.”

One man spoke of his frustration at the Brexit process: “They’re acting like children, it’s just crazy, they’re voting against it just for the fun of it, just to cause problems.

“I think just get on with it, we voted out let’s go,” he said.

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