Bishop of Durham says he's 'sad' at Brexit vote

The Bishop of Durham has told of his surprise at Britain's narrow decision to leave the European Union.

The Right Reverend Paul Butler was speaking at an event at the Venerable Bede Academy in Sunderland, where he was on an official engagement.

The Bishop of Durham, the Rt Rev Paul Butler.

The Bishop of Durham, the Rt Rev Paul Butler.

Asked how he felt about the outcome of yesterday's EU Referendum, he said: "I was surprised. I thought that it would probably be just about Remain, but none of us could predict, because we've never been down this way before.

"Personally, I was sad when I heard the news, but it's our responsibility to work for the good of the nation as a whole, and so actually fairly quickly you have to say that, you move on, and we work for the good of the nation as a whole."