Anticlimax, worry or good for the country - nine Hartlepool shoppers share their opinion ahead of Brexit Day

Hartlepool shoppers had their say on Brexit as the UK prepared to leave the EU.

Friday, 31st January 2020, 6:00 am
Updated Friday, 31st January 2020, 5:11 pm

Following the result of the EU referendum in June 2016, where Hartlepool voted in favour of leaving the EU with a majority of 69.6% to 30.4%, Brexit is now here.

We went out and about on the streets around Middleton Grange Shopping Centre to find out how you feel about Brexit.

The positives

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Vera Wallace
Vera Wallace

Kath Robinson, 64, said: “I’m really pleased and I think we should celebrate actually. I think it’s really good for the country. It gives more opportunities.

“We’ve been held back because of the money we pay and the rules and regulations they put on us but we can do our own in the future.”

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Harry Squirrell, 74, agreed: “I’m over the moon. It’s the best thing that’s ever happened to the country because we’ve been dominated by Europe.

Jennifer Wallace

“I’m on the older side and I know that we might struggle a little bit in the beginning but I’m thinking of my grand-kids and they are going to be better off this way.

“I think things will start improving after Friday.”


Jennifer Wallace, 31, said: “I’m not really sure. I don’t know what’s good or what’s bad because there’s so many different comments about different things.

Kath Robinson

“I don’t really follow it anymore so we’ll just see what happens.”

Barry Corbett, 86, spoke about his memories of the miners and added that Brexit on Friday is a “worry.”

He said: “We’ll just have to do what we can.”

The negatives

Barry Corbett

One Hartlepool shopper, who didn’t want to be named, said: “I’m just fed up.

“I’m sick of hearing about it now to be honest so just crack on.”

Another added: “I think it’s going to be a bit of an anticlimax really.

“It just needs sorting out finally.”

Vera Wallace, 66, said: “No matter what they do, they still mess everything up.”

Mr and Mrs Turnbull had concerns about the council. Mrs Turnbull said: “Nothing gets done round here in the North East.”

Harry Squirrell

Her husband added: “We need more investment in the North East, simple as that.”

Vera Wallace
Hartlepool shoppers shared their views on Brexit ahead of leaving day.