Conservative MP for North Thanet, Sir Roger Gale, who has not only served as an MP for 33 years but is also a champion of expatriates' rights said today that Thursday was a "very said day for the UK".
One of Sir Roger’s many responsibilities is as chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on frozen British pensions, which exists to bring together parliamentary supporters of the case to unfreeze frozen British state pensions overseas and to campaign for reform on this issue.
The APPG supports the 550,000 British pensioners, half of whom live overseas and are currently adversely affected by the government’s frozen pension policy.
"The decision to leave the EU is going to be extremely damaging. It was a knee-jerk reaction to immigration. Perhaps, if the two million expatiates had been all allowed to vote, the outcome may have been very different.
"I think those who suffered the biggest shock was the leave group because they have no road map, no plan B. They don’t know what to do next. The amounts of money which Farage and co were claiming were going to be recouped from Brussels is rubbish, a complete fudge, that 320 million doesn’t exit.
"So, what does that mean? Cuts and cuts at home and that will hit the poorest and the most vulnerable, such as pensioners and for those living in the Euro zone. They have already seen their pensions devalued 10 per cent on the back of the value of the pound falling, and we shall what happens when markets open on Monday.
"All we’re going to save from pulling out of Brussels is small change, so whoever is going to be in charge, they are going to have to find the money in what will eventually be left of the UK. Scotland, having voted so strongly to remain, has a clear mandate to hold behind-closed-doors talks with Brussels and secure compensation from the EU for money they have lost from London, which means Sturgeon will return to Scotland with an offer the country cannot refuse. Then we’ll see what happens to a united Ireland. This is the beginning of the break-up of the United Kingdom, and England will end up like Guernsey," Sir Roger warned.
"What is more, we are going to have the majority of MPs on both sides of the house working on a project they do not believe in. It’s created political mayhem and divided the main parties," he added.