The United Kingdom has voted to take back control from the European Union. It's time for Yorkshire to take control from Westminster.
With Yorkshire showing one of the highest votes for leave in the EU referendum, Yorkshire First says there are many questions unanswered about the future of the county.
Yorkshire First Leader, Richard Carter said:
“Yorkshire First is calling on all those who believe in progressive democracy to consider carefully the outcomes of the referendum and to ask themselves just how do we move forward following this result?
It is evident that the people of Yorkshire want more control of their own affairs. The starting point should be greater democracy in Yorkshire; just how do we achieve it?
"Yorkshire First will continue to make the positive case for our region, nationally and internationally. We will be campaigning for people in Yorkshire to have a greater say in those things that desperately need attention such as education, transport and the economy. These are the things that concern the people of Yorkshire, not the careers of London based politicians.
"Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has said that someone needs to represent London at the Brexit negotiations table. Who will be there to represent Yorkshire? Once again, Westminster's interests are being equated to the interests of the whole of the UK.
"Anger at the establishment is clear in this vote and how we manage the affairs of Yorkshire and the UK is now an even more pressing need. This cannot be taken as a desire to keep powers at Westminster. The UK needs to look again urgently at how all regions of the country can have more say in their own affairs. The case for a Yorkshire parliament is strengthened by yesterday's vote."
* The 21 local authorities in Yorkshire voted by 57.5% to 42.5% to leave, with only York, Leeds and Harrogate voting to remain.