Brexit could lead to the break-up of the United Kingdom, St Helens’ council leader Barrie Grunewald has warned.
Coun Grunewald made the prediction shortly after David Cameron announced he would be stepping down as Prime Minister.
Scotland, Coun Grunewald’s homeland, voted overwhelmingly to remain, as did Northern Ireland, from where St Helens North MP Conor McGinn.
Coun Grunewald tweeted: “Referendum result may actually lead to break-up of UK not just exit from Europe.”
He also speculated that the decision to rule out extending the vote to some under 18s played a big part in the outcome.
“I wonder if @David_Cameron is rueing not allowing 16/17 year olds the vote - it’s as much their future as anyone’s,” he added.
However, neither the council leader or St Helens North MP Conor McGinn commented on the future of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
He has been criticised for his lacklustre campaign and it is expected that several Labour MP will today call for his resignation.
Instead, Mr McGinn sought focus on the future challenges facing the UK.
He tweeted: “I completely respect #EURef outcome and result in #StHelens. A divided country is now facing unprecedented challenges. We must pull together.”
St Helens voted overwhelmingly to leave the EU
The proportion of voters on the remain side is 41.95 per cent; 58.05 per cent voting to leaving. There were 39,322 voters to remain, and 54,357 to leave.