It’s been quite a week, I’m sure you’ll agree. Last week’s referendum asked the people of this country to make one of the most important and difficult decisions that many of us have ever had to make.
I voted for the country to remain a part of the European Union. My reasons were simple in that I felt leaving would adversely affect our economy and would lead to the break-up of the United Kingdom.
Whatever your views, the people have spoken and we now have to get on with it and make the best of what the future may hold.
It is too early to say what the impact will be on our city and our residents, or indeed the country as a whole.
I would, however, like to reassure our communities, particularly those who feel uneasy about the future or indeed how they are being viewed by others.
We have a proud history in Peterborough of being a peaceful, vibrant and tolerant city and it is paramount that this remains the case. I am proud of the fact that we have many different nationalities living together and regardless of the vote this will continue.
It is important to stress that at this stage there has simply been a vote by the people – the government has not taken any formal steps as yet to leave the European Union and has stated publicly that this could take a number of years to achieve.
Through common resolve and respect we can all work together to face a time of significant change. We will stand strong in the face of those who may use the EU referendum result as a tool for division or inciting hatred of any type which has no place in our city.