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‘Happy days’ for Romford traders and shoppers as the UK votes to leave the EU

PUBLISHED: 16:33 24 June 2016 | UPDATED: 16:33 24 June 2016

Market Place, Romford

Market Place, Romford

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Traders and shoppers have said how happy they are about the UK leaving the European Union.

Market trader Graham Gibbons who voted to leave on Thursday Market trader Graham Gibbons who voted to leave on Thursday

Last night, 70 per cent of Havering residents voted to leave the EU.

And it was clear to see the result had pleased the majority with dozens of ‘Vote Leave’ boards hanging from stallholders’ canopies in Romford’s Market Place.

Immigration has been a key issue in the referendum debate and voters in Romford highlighted this as a crucial factor in their decision to leave.

Trader Graham Gibbons who has worked on Romford Market for 25 years, believes the country had “lost its identity”.

While admitting he has concerns over the economy, Mr Gibbons said he held the same concerns even as part of the EU.

He said: “There is an issue with immigration, a lot of people have come here in a short space of time and there is too much pressure now on our hospitals and services.

“Romford is a very friendly place and I have customers from many different backgrounds but there is just too many people coming in.”

Tony Geary, chairman of the Romford Market Traders Forum, said it was “happy days”.

He added: “I’m happy we will be able to make our own laws and get run over by the ones set in Brussels.

“The country is saturated, we can’t keep running at the level of people entering.

“I live in Kent and it takes me three hours to get home.”

72-year-old Mary Johnson, of Harold Hill, was part of the large percentage of older voters who decided to leave.

She said: “I remember before we joined the EU and our economy was strong enough to survive then so I see no reason why it can’t now.

“I just hope everyone pulls together now and works to make Britain a success.”

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