Councillor Richard Holmes has welcomed the UK’s decision to vote to leave the EU.
In a statement, the Ulster Unionist Councillor said : “This is a momentous day in the history of our nation and one that gives us back control of our own destiny.
“The turmoil on the world markets is entirely predictable and has been stoked by the dodgy economic dossiers emanating from Downing Street and the Remain campaign in recent weeks. Traders have made the same fatal mistake as many politicians by not listening to the people. They priced in their assumptions on Thursday evening and on Friday morning found they got it wrong. A little more understanding and a little less of the herd instinct in the City would be helpful.
“Tony Blair summed up the problem this morning when he claimed Labour voters thought it was a protest vote and not a decision vote. The inability of politicians to listen to the ballot box is largely why the UK and the EU has found itself with an unexpected Brexit. So often politicians can be heard to say: “What I’m hearing is…” Amazingly enough that view point always seems to agree with their own position.
“David Cameron’s position became untenable with the nature of the fear campaign that was run by Remain. The various threats of emergency budgets and the ending of the triple lock on pensions has already unraveled this morning. He could have run a positive campaign and still survived a leave vote. But he chose not to. It is sad that such an effective Prime Minister has allowed his career to end like this.
“It is sad too that in Northern Ireland nationalists and republicans want to exploit the situation for their own narrow political interests but hardly a surprise.
“This is a time for wise heads and calm thinking in politics and business alike. The UK is one of the world’s leading economies and has been performing well in recent years. The underlying fundamentals of the economy have not changed overnight.
“Churchill was right when he said: “Democracy is the worst form of government. It just happens to be better than all the rest.”
“The people of the UK have taken back control into the hands of our elected politicians. What we do with that control is entirely our choice.”