SOUTH WEST MEP CALLS LAST WEEK 'THE SH**TIEST EVER'
An MEP for the South West and Gibraltar has described last week as 'the sh**tiest ever'.
Conservative Julie Girling is one of six Members of the European Parliament representing the region after being elected in 2009. There are 73 UK MEPs in total.
Julie, who has made several visits to the islands, most recently in April, wrote on Twitter: "After the sh**tiest week ever I've just seen the most brilliant Marriage of Figaro production. Bravo Cotswolds, Longborough opera."
She had campaigned vigorously around the region for the Remain side during the run-up to the referendum.
She wrote after the result: "This is a shattering decision for Britain. I am deeply sorry that the people of the UK have chosen this leap in the dark. I believe future generations will question our wisdom.
"The EU has many faults, of course, but I remain convinced that we would be safer, stronger and better off by remaining a member.
"However, the British people have decided otherwise. The Conservative Party, like the whole nation, must put our disagreements behind us and pull together to get the best for Britain.
"As an MEP, I intend to do all I can to make sure we negotiate the best terms possible for our departure and protect our trade, exports and economy."
However, one of the region's other MEPs was happier with the result. UKIP's Willam Dartmouth wrote on July 1: "The facts are clear, 'freedom of movement' is not currently required to access the Common Regulatory Zone, otherwise known as the Single Market" (a view not supported by the other member states of the EU).
Meanwhile, former Liberal Democrat MEP Sir Graham Watson yesterday posted a link on Facebook to a petition titled 'Prosecute Nigel Farage under the Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006' for his Breaking Point advert.