Brexit vote is toasted at opposite ends of the spectrum

A "What does the EU mean for You?" question time at South Holland Centre, Spalding, a  month before EU referendum day with (from left) Dr Lee Rotherham, Dr Angus Armstrong, George Smid, chairman Dr Amy Ludlow, Professor Catherine Barnard, Professor Simon Hix, Professor Anand Menon and Jonathan Portes.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
A "What does the EU mean for You?" question time at South Holland Centre, Spalding, a month before EU referendum day with (from left) Dr Lee Rotherham, Dr Angus Armstrong, George Smid, chairman Dr Amy Ludlow, Professor Catherine Barnard, Professor Simon Hix, Professor Anand Menon and Jonathan Portes. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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South Holland’s overwhelming vote in favour of the UK leaving the EU brought an expected response from UKIP - “we are a free and independent nation again”.

But less expected was the response from Spalding mother-of-two Gunita Sele who moved here from Latvia five years ago.

Gunita said: “Thursday was an amazing and fantastic day in UK history and I feel proud to be here and to celebrate with people the victory and freedom they have voted for.

“When I saw that the EU was prepared to use the tactic of shameless lies, I made a hard promise to myself that I would use my knowledge and skills in not allowing them to destroy humanity and society in the UK.

“I fully respect politicai strategies that are smart, but I hate the sort of politics that plays with people’s lives.”

Meanwhile, Holbeach district councillor Paul Foyster of UKIP said: “UKIP has achieved what we were told was impossible and I’m lost for words.

I fully respect politicai strategies that are smart, but I hate the sort of politics that plays with people’s lives

Spalding mother-of-two Gunita Sele who moved to the UK from Latvia in May 2011

“We won by about three to one in this district and the sun is shining on a new dawn.

“There is all to play for now that we are a free and independent nation again, but the days of the establishment ignoring the electorate must never be allowed to return, whichever party holds power.”

Meanwhile, three candidates who ran for Parliament in South Holland and the Deepings at last year’s general election are ‘devastated’ by the referendum result.

Green Party candidate Dan Wilshire, George Smid of the Liberal Democrats and Labour’s Matthew Mahabadi were united in disappointment over Thursday’s referendum outcome which saw South Holland go the way of the nation in voting to leave the EU.

Dan said: “I was devastated to see that the country wants to leave its friends from Europe and I feel bad that it has been allowed to happen, especially for European friends who live here because a lot of people have been saying it’s about their being here.

“I don’t think that’s fair especially since some of the arguments from the Leave campaign were lies.

“I hope we will be able to figure out how we get ourselves out of this mess because it’s just another problem for my generation to solve.”

Mr Mahabadi said: “I just feel like the mood has hardened in this country and it’s just a complete and utter disaster.

“It’s already opened up wounds and divisions in our society.”

Mr Smid said the Remain side had failed “to recognise the concerns of people about immigration”.

He added: “The whole scenario is one of uncertainty but I don’t the EU leavers who won the referendum.

“It was the weakness of the Remain side who didn’t recognise how important the concerns of people were,