Inside Britain’s ordinary towns which led the Brexit revolution – where voters say it’s time to get out now

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BRITS in the UK’s Brexit heartlands are fed up of waiting for the EU exit they voted for almost three years ago.

Leavers in the seaside towns of Skegness, Whitby, Morecambe and Redcar want Britain to be quitting the EU now, and just can’t understand why it’s still not happening.

Evelyn Ovington, 59, from Skegness, is fed up with all the money Britain is sending to the EU
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Dana Marie Ovington says Britain’s been ‘going downhill for a long time’ and she would have voted to Leave if she could
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Leave voter Ron Weatherall wanted out to finally be able to ‘control our own destiny’
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With the Brexit process in deadlock for months as squabbling MPs still fail to deliver the Brexit the people were promised, Theresa May has this week been forced to go cap in hand to leftie leader Jeremy Corbyn to beg him for his support.

She now risks the backlash of millions of her own supporters as they openly slam her for working with the Marxist boss for a watered down exit.

Meanwhile, 17.4million people have been waiting patiently for our exit to come, but are growing more frustrated by the day.

For the ordinary Brits who led the Brexit revolution across the country, they just can’t wait to finally regain our freedom.

“Get us out of there and get us our own nation back. That’s what I say,” Evelyn Ovington, from Skegness, told Reuters.

“(I’m) just fed up with all the money that they give to the EU when we can spend it here.

“I want out.”

And she hopes finally leaving – whenever it might be – will force politicians to look after areas like hers which have been left behind for generations.

The popular seaside destination was named as the most deprived seaside area in England in 2013 after years of decline, and residents don’t think things have got any better since then.

After Brexit, they have hopes their fortunes will change.

“Out of Brexit, they’ll get more funding, help the kids more,” she says of the town, which was once a flourishing tourism hotspot, but now fails to attract year-round visitors.

“At the moment, there is no future for them, there’s nothing.”

Waintfleet resident John Eldin, 77, added that to stay in would have been being “ruled by a load of boneheads”.

“I remembered how good it was before he went in,” he said.

Ron Weatherall, 67, who voted to leave the EU, says over a cup of tea that he wants more control back.

“I think the biggest thing will be that we control more of our own destiny. That was the reason I voted to leave and I also think we were paying too much for what we were getting.”

Meanwhile, in ex-steelworks town Redcar, residents are excited for the changes that they feel are on the way.

“Life’s gonna change after this because of the politicians” who run the country, said Kevin Calvey, an unemployed 64-year-old.

“Everything’s gonna be contested from now on.”

The area, which voted to leave by 66 per cent, has an unemployment rate higher than the national average.

When the local steelworks shut down in 2015 3,000 jobs were gone, which hit the area hard.

Get us out of there and get us our own nation back


Skegness resident Evelyn Ovington

Retired fisheries officer Andy Clarke, from Overton, says he’s frustrated at how long the process is taking.

“We should have been out 18 months after the vote,” he insisted.

“My biggest beef with the EU is fisheries policy and the farming policies. I think they have done a lot of damage to the environment.

“Putting dead fish back in the sea was always ridiculous. We get it back into our own hands and can police it properly.”

And in Whitby, North Yorkshire, fisherman Derek Brown says he hopes our EU exit will finally give him our fishing grounds back.

“I want change,” he warns, in a firing shot to politicians who have so far not agreed on how we’re going to leave, and have spent months bickering over how to handle Brexit and whether we should do at all.

Fisher Margaret Owen, from Morcambe, who has long been frustrated by EU regulations on our waters, said “we were hoping for a change for everybody” but that talks don’t look to be delivering for their industry now”.

“We need to stand on our own two feet, we’re a capable country,” she said.

Residents in the seaside town of Morcambe, one of the first places Universal Credit was rolled out, say poverty is so bad in the area that hungry kids are being forced to steal food.

But it’s politicians that locals are upset with for not delivering for them.

In a scathing blast at the PM, Margaret added: “The people that we trusted in and that we voted for, and that we thought could carry our hopes and dreams through, have let the whole country down.”

Mrs May’s deal has been rejected three times in the Commons, and politicians are no further forward on how to proceed.

Many Remainers openly talk about a second Brexit vote to overturn the 2016 poll.

And many of those in Britain’s Brexit heartlands reported feeling pessimistic about the final deal in light of all this.

“They block anything that we want,” said Tony Brown, 59, having a pint in Barrow-in-Furness.

Fisherwoman Margaret Owen, 66, who voted to leave the EU, takes in her nets at Sunderland Point
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Voters in Whitby, another Leave area, can’t understand why we aren’t out yet
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An England flag on a house in Redcar reads ‘This flag flies with pride’
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Andy Clarke says he’s frustrated at how long the process is taking
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John Mohan, 73, who used to work at Redcar’s steelworks, says there’s no work there any more
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Even for those who didn’t vote in the referendum, Brits in the Brexit heartlands say we must leave, and soon, but remain unsure of whether the Government will deliver for them.

Tea-shop owner Alice Raven, 27, says:  “I don’t think you can trust any of the government at the moment.

“I don’t think any of them seem to know what’s going on.

“We’re British, we can fight for it can’t we, simple as that.”

Pub-goer Tony Brown says the EU are ‘blocking anything that we want’ out of Brexit
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Alice Raven, 27, said Brits can fight for themselves
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Theresa May is so desperate for a deal she’s approaching Jeremy Corbyn for help
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