Sunday 25 February 2018

Well-known faces react to the result

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Louise Kennedy, fashion designer

I am really disappointed, though not totally surprised with the result. From my own perspective, I have a real appreciation of trading in London so like everyone else, I am left worried about the impact on business. I opened my own store in Knightsbridge in 2000 so I can predict there will be a knock-on effect for retailers as uncertainty and negativity always diminishes consumer spending and confidence.

I am also saddened to see David Cameron step down as Prime Minister as I always admired his integrity and sincerity. The referendum, in my opinion, was a mistake and, unfortunately, he staked his political future on the outcome.

Vogue Williams, model, DJ, presenter

I spend most of my time in London. I feel quite upset about how the vote went because I do believe Britain is stronger in Europe. Of course, the EU needs some reform but they shouldn't have left, it leaves the younger generation of this country in a very bad situation. Only time will tell what the repercussions will be, but it doesn't look good right now.

Maia Dunphy, TV presenter living in London

Vogue Williams
Vogue Williams

I couldn't believe the news this morning. It was the first time I had a vote in the UK, so I made mine by post last week. But everyone I know is stunned by this. The 'Leave' side was entirely fuelled by fear and scaremongering. Twitter was like a bar-room brawl this morning with name-calling and defensiveness.

I honestly don't think people know what they've done. That sounds so patronising I know, but the anti-immigration sentiment behind it is nothing short of terrifying; the cries of 'we have our country back' bemusing. Back from who? Johnny Foreigner? The EU?

I'm no economist, but I understand a few basic rules of the free market. Of course, we don't know what new agreements the UK will be able to make with the EU, but to paraphrase AA Gill, this is a divorce and make no mistake. You can't leave someone and then expect them to still sleep with you at the weekends.

I love London and it has become my home over the last year, but I'm nothing short of disgusted by the result. Of course, when I say that I'm told to 'go home if I don't like it' on social media, but is this really what we've been reduced to?

Louise Kennedy
Louise Kennedy

The world seems so full of xenophobic propaganda and fear at the moment, it's awful. I'm just relieved I have an Irish passport for my little boy.

On a lighter note, I overheard an English stag party in Benidorm today discussing it. One guy said to another that the beer over here would cost them more now. The other reassured him that it was okay because "we already have our Euros (sic) changed". But the first chap said "it doesn't matter, the bars will still charge us more" and they all looked crestfallen. Mind you, only a minute earlier they had been debating whether or not "clockwise is the other way in Spain" but concluded it's only "the other way round in Australia".

Gay Byrne, TV and radio star

On my last radio programme of the season, I said I hoped that the UK would leave the EU. Nonetheless, I was absolutely convinced that when push came to pull, in the privacy of the polling booth, most people would say 'better the divil you know'. So I was quite astonished, when like everyone else I went to bed on Thursday night thinking that 'Remain' had done the trick and pulled ahead and I was astounded when the Brexiters won.

I have been anti-EU for many years. I don't like it and when I first started expressing that view, I was looked upon as some sort of maverick or stranger or wonky sort of guy. It's gratifying now to know that half the population of Europe feel exactly as I do about the EU and so we have come to this pass and nothing will ever be the same again.

Whether Britain decided to stay or go, things were never going to be the same again anyway. I think the shock at which the result was greeted is an indication that things will never be the same again.

I think it has to do with local control. We were celebrating 1916 and that 100 years ago we fought for our freedom and then we just sold ourselves down the river, and to a great extent, we went sleepwalking into this thing called Europe.

Of course, there are benefits, but on the other side, I believe that we have lost our own control, we have lost our sovereignty, we have lost our individuality and will increasingly do so as time goes on.

We are now in the EU and we are stuck with it and it's very, very difficult to get out of it.

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