BBC Breakfast speaks to people in Sunderland as they react to latest Brexit twist

People in Sunderland have been speaking to BBC Breakfast today to have their say on the latest Brexit development.

Thursday, 13th December 2018, 8:42 am
Updated Thursday, 13th December 2018, 11:05 am
BBC Breakfast were at the National Glass Centre in Sunderland.

BBC host John Maguire talked Brexit, business and the future of the PM, with business people, students and Sunderland residents at the National Glass Centre in Sunderland this morning to get their views after Theresa May survived last night's vote of confidence.

Sir David Bell, vice chancellor of the University of Sunderland, who has worked in the Department of Education for both Labour and Conservative Ministers, said: "These are difficult times for families, for individuals, businesses and universities.

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"I think everyone in the country just wants this uncertainty to end and get back to businesses.

"The country faces a number of challenges, lets be focused on those challenges."

He added: “While I was a remain voter, I respected - and continue to respect - the result of the referendum.

"Like the vast majority voters, both leavers and remainers, I suspect - I would like to see an end to uncertainty and clarity about our country’s future.

Vice Chancellor of the University of Sunderland, Sir David Bell and BBC presenter John Maguire.

“From universities’ perspective, we will want the UK to continue to be an attractive destination for EU students and staff, and others from overseas.

“We will also want to find ways of continuing to participate in EU-funded research projects, as well as allowing students and staff to continue to undertake exchange visits in the smooth way that happens presently.

“These matters will be subject to further negotiation but a good outcome will benefit the UK in a post-Brexit world.”

Speaking on the BBC Breakfast show, Sunderland florist Diana Kaye said: "Everyone made the vote and now it is time to get on with the job."

Stewart Smith, who runs a record shop in the city, said: "Theresa May have won the vote but at a cost of her own power.

"I voted to leave and so did my family but I think it has been detrimental with the arguments that have persisted and I am saddened by everything that has been happening in the the country in the last couple of years."