A defiant South Tyneside MP says the fight starts now to protect worker’s rights after Britain voted to quit the European Union.
The nation was split almost down the middle with a wafer-win majority of voters holding sway as Leave Campaigners celebrating a dramatic early-hours referendum victory.
We must ensure that Labour is fully involved with the Brexit negotiations.Stephen Hepburn
Politicians remain divided over whether the crunch vote will prove to be the right one - but Jarrow MP Stephen Hepburn says it is time to accept the mandate of the people and press onto protect the region’s workforce.
With a power vacuum set to emerge at the top of British politics after Prime Minister David Cameron stepped down from his role, Mr Hepburn is calling on his Labour parties to get round the negotiating table as Britain’s departure is finalised.
Mr Hepburn - who backed the bid for the country to stay part of the European Union - admits he is ‘disappointed with the referendum result but says he ‘fully accepts’ the decision of millions of voters.
Mr Hepburn said: “I am disappointed with the result of the referendum but fully accept the decision.
“We must now ensure that Labour is fully involved with the Brexit negotiations to ensure that we don’t lose our workers’ rights and future investment in this region.”