I am devastated and I am angry. Today we wake to a deeply divided country. Nigel Farage’s vision for Britain has won this vote, but it is not a vision I share.
Young people voted to remain by a considerable margin, but were out voted. They had a clear ambition for their future, yet it has been taken from them.
Even though the result was close, there is no doubt that the majority of British people want us to leave.
We should be proud of our positive, principled, and patriotic campaign for the UK to Remain at the heart of Europe.
Our fight for an open, optimistic, liberal, diverse and tolerant Britain is needed now more than ever.
Together we can still make the case for Britain’s future with Europe, as millions of people voted for it. Together we cannot afford to let that vision to die.
The Liberal Democrats will continue to stand and fight for a better kind of Britain than the one painted by the Leave campaign – tolerant, openhearted, optimistic, and outward looking.
Later today, I will deliver a speech on the outcome of this referendum, what it means for our country and how the Liberal Democrats will continue to fight for a liberal and united Britain.
Tim Farron MP
Leader of the Liberal Democrats