Brexit: Brits living in NZ speak of shock, sadness and delight

The campaign for Britain to leave the EU won about 52 per cent of the vote, compared to 48 per cent for the remain campaign.

The campaign for Britain to leave the EU won about 52 per cent of the vote, compared to 48 per cent for the remain campaign.

British people living in New Zealand spoke of their shock, sadness and delight as Britain voted to leave the European Union (EU).

The campaign for Britain to leave the EU won about 52 per cent of the vote, compared to 48 per cent for the remain campaign.

Lyttelton resident Mike Field, who moved from the UK in 2012, wanted Britain to remain in the EU. He feared the vote would impact on trade and the economy.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage says June 23 will go down in Britain's history as the country's "Independence Day".

"It is pretty miserable," he said.

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"I can only see it getting harder for the UK to trade with Europe now. They will still have to meet EU regulations if they want to trade with Europe.


The campaigns for Britain's Brexit referendum may be over, but the memory lives on.

"I can't imagine they will have a good time if they leave the EU. It seems like the rest of the world and the markets are in favour of Britain remaining. It is kind of worrying."

He believed the vote was motivated by fear and opposition to immigration.

"There are areas in England that are becoming really anti-immigration and that is quite odd for a country like the UK that is so multicultural. It is a bit sad really."

He said his 2-year-old son, who was born in New Zealand, would not be able to travel as easily through Europe on his British passport.

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"My son has a British and New Zealand passport, but that is not the awesome deck of cards that it once was."

Nelson resident Liz Crawshaw moved to New Zealand two years ago. She said the result was surprising.

"There will be a lot of conversations about what happens next for [British prime minister] David Cameron," she said.

"It demonstrates that there is a divide in the country. London is the economic powerhouse of the UK and has voted to remain while a large part of the country has voted to leave."

Rob Savage, who sells British food and lollies from his Picadilly Circus shops in Kaiapoi and Christchurch, moved to New Zealand from England 13 years ago. He was happy with the result.

"I don't think we should have all these unelected bureaucrats making up all these laws and forcing them down our throat," he said.

"I don't know how we got into this situation with them making laws for us. I haven't been there for 13 years, but I would rather England be England."

He said the falling pound in response to the leave vote would help his import business.

The New Zealand dollar has risen about 5 per cent on the pound, meaning he might save about £2,500 on a £50,000 container load of imported British goods, he said.

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