It was – and will be - a momentous decision for the UK and one which has to be respected whether the final decision was one you personally supported or not.
Over the next few weeks and months national and, to a lesser degree, local politicians will be involved in what happens next in one way or another. All politicians will have a duty to focus on making sure this decision works for everyone and the UK. But for all of us this is a first – there are no previous examples to follow. Much is uncertain but we have to move forward and, in doing so, create a new chapter in Britain’s history.
What we do know is that there will be a new Prime Minister and David Cameron has pledged to do all he can to ensure a period of stability, until his replacement is selected.
But it’s only natural that people from all walks of life, businesses, families and communities will be wondering what Thursday’s vote means for them. People are wondering what impact it have on their way of life, their home, their work, their futures and the futures of their children and grandchildren.
In this period of natural uncertainty, please be assured that West Sussex County Council will continue to run its services as normal - our Fire and Rescue Service is still there for you in an emergency and we will still continue to keep our children, elderly and vulnerable residents safe from harm. Our focus remains on working with all our businesses to build a stronger economy, supporting and creating jobs for today, tomorrow and in the future.
Our crews will still be working around the clock to maintain our roads, our libraries will open as usual and our registration service will continue to help you when you need to register the birth of your baby or the death of someone you loved.
We will continue to spend every penny of the council tax we collect from you as if we’d earned it ourselves, investing in what you have told us is most important to you to support you to lead the long, healthy and happy lives you have told us you want.
All of the services we provide to our communities, day in day out, continue today in just the same way as they did last Wednesday, before people went to the polls.
It’s true that some of our longer term plans may have to change in the weeks and months ahead. If and when this happens of course I will keep you posted with what has had to change and, most importantly why.
But for now, it remains very much business as usual at WSCC.