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Leaving the EU 'could hit jobs and pensions in Bromley'

PUBLISHED: 13:35 28 June 2016 | UPDATED: 14:17 28 June 2016

MP Bob Neill said he was 'very disappointed' with the referendum result

MP Bob Neill said he was 'very disappointed' with the referendum result

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A local MP gives his view on the consequences of Brexit

A Conservative MP who backed the Remain campaign has warned that leaving the European Union could hit jobs and pensions in Bromley.

Bob Neill, MP for Bromley and Chislehurst, said the financial services sector, which is the borough’s biggest employer, may be damaged by Brexit.

He told The Bromley Times: “If leaving the EU means we lose the financial services market into the Eurozone, that could be very serious for the jobs of Bromley residents.

“I was pleased that Bromley voted to remain, but we now have to pick up the pieces and part of that is making sure we come to an agreement that is not going to penalise British businesses that access the sector.

“And of course I am concerned about the impact of the fall in the value of the currency on the pension finances of retired people in the borough,” he added.

Mr Neill said he was ‘very disappointed’ by the result of the referendum, which Leave won by securing 52 per cent of votes to Remain’s 48 per cent.

“I was surprised. I thought it would be very tight but I had hoped it would be tight the other way,” he commented.

“I am disappointed but everyone’s vote was equal - and even if people regret it, a vote is a vote and we have to live up to the consequences, so a second referendum is not a runner.”

In the House of Commons yesterday (June 27), Liberal Democrat MP Nick Clegg pushed for an early general election due to the resignation of Prime Minister David Cameron, but Mr Neill urged caution.

“I am very sad that David Cameron is gone,” he said. “He brought the country back from the brink, economically.

“We should not rush into a general election. We need to get stability into the financial markets.

“Whether we move to another general election will be for the new Prime Minister to decide.”

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