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We're back on Monday with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather.

Thanks for staying with us today for our comprehensive and local roundup of the Leave vote.

Have a great weekend from everyone here in the newsroom.

Rugby MP respects Brexit vote, calls for unity

Rugby Observer

Rugby's MP has called for unity following the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.

Conservative MP Mark Pawsey voted to remain in the EU, but said he had always listened to and respected the views of those who wanted to leave.

Mark Pawsey
Rugby Observery

Coventry leader warns 'there will be jobs at stake'

The leader of Coventry City Council has welcomed JLR's commitment to manufacturing sites in the UK following the EU referendum result, but says "there will be jobs at stake".

"Coventry's been hit very badly by austerity", he said, "and I don't think that will change."

"I think there's been uncertainty since David Cameron announced the referendum and I don't think last night answered that."  

Cllr George Duggins
Coventry City Council

Coming up on TV

Mary Rhodes

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

The message from the ballot boxes - especially here in the Midlands - could not have been clearer. 

Tonight we're dedicating the programme to getting reaction from across our region. Helping me to explain what leaving the EU means is our Political Editor, Patrick Burns.

Join us for the Midlands Today on BBC One at 18:30.

Leading Stratford businessman 'can see nothing but growth'

Warwickshire businessman, Denys C Shortt, who hosted leading Brexit campaigners in the lead-up to the referendum, says he's "not surprised at all" Britain's voted to leave the EU.

The chair of Stratford-based DCS Group said: "We're very confident in our business and can see nothing but growth.

"We trade with the world, we export to 70 countries around the world, and actually find it quite hard to trade with Europe.

"We're just leaving the EU, we're not leaving Europe".

Denys Shortt, Gisela Stuart, Micheal Gove, Boris Johnson

Coventry council leaders worried about short-term future after Brexit vote

Coventry Telegraph

Leaders at Coventry City Council are worried about the short-term future after Brexit vote.  

Council leader George Duggins and Conservative leader John Blundell
Coventry Telegraph

Watch: West Midlands Leave campaign celebrates

There were celebrations at the ICC in Birmingham among Leave campaigners from across the West Midlands.

'Not enough information aimed at young people'

Dalbir Momi

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Students at City College have been speaking to me about the referendum result.

Rhianna Davies-McCrorie (pictured left), who's 19, said the referendum's not only caused a split among her peers, but at home too.

"My mum and myself are very much Remain, but my grandparents and my brother were very much Leave", she said.

Rhianna Davies-McCrorie, Caitlin Gee, Molly Rose

Her best friend and Leave voter, Caitlin Gee (centre), complained there wasn't enough information directed at young people and said "most of my information came from my mum's friends, who were all voting Leave".

"I did research", she said, but "found it all a bit hard to understand."

This was echoed by 18-year-old Molly Rose (right) who said: "You're just basing your decision on what people think might happen, there was no real information to base your vote on."

PCC: Decision to leave makes 'protection of citizens more difficult'

The man who oversees policing in the West Midlands says "the decision to leave has made the task of protecting our citizens more difficult".

Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson said today: "The days when criminals would operate in one single area or country are gone. Today, criminals are highly-mobile, tech-savvy and operate across borders. Law enforcement should be equally mobile and co-operate across national boundaries to counter the threats we face.

David Jamieson
West Midlands PCC

"The lines between organised crime and terrorism are becoming more blurred. Terrorists often finance their attacks via organised criminal activities. International crime therefore requires an international response.

"Despite the outcome of the referendum, I still have a responsibility to do all I can to ensure that we work with our European partners to continue to protect our communities."  

Latest news: West Midlands delivers Brexit vote; PCC issues warning; JLR 'remains committed' to manufacturing sites

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

Here's a recap of our main stories today:

- Coventry and Warwickshire join majority in region in supporting Brexit

- West Midlands PCC says Brexit result makes 'protection of citizens more difficult'

- Remain-backing JLR says it 'remains committed' to its manufacturing sites

Referendum result a 'rejection of the elite', says Coventry MP

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

Coventry South MP Jim Cunningham calls the referendum result a "rejection of the elite by millions of people who are not sharing in the wealth of this country".

In a statement the MP, who backed Remain, said the Conservative government must put "internal party battles to one side", and put "our divided" country first.

"The Prime Minister has now announced he will leave and this means someone new will have to lead the talks to withdraw from the European Union.

"The Government must listen to the people during these discussions because it is only once we know the exit terms that we will be able to say whether this is good or bad for Coventry."

Watch: West Midlands MEP 'delighted' at result

Birmingham Airport: 'Keep clear and calm heads'

Birmingham Airport says it's important to keep "clear and calm heads" so that regional priorities keep moving forward to "ensure the future of Midlands residents, workers and industry, is not compromised."  

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Post-Brexit prayers at Coventry Cathedral

Richard Williams

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Another of those at the Cathedral's prayer meeting today was Christian minister Michael Brandsma, 61, from Atherstone.

He told me: "I voted Remain because I have an understanding of some of the divisions that could be caused.

"I think there's a way to walk together that doesn't need to be divided by a vote.

"And my prayer is that politicians would work together at finding a solution that keeps people together."

Micheal Brandsma

Coventry Cathedral: Brexit result will leave 'strong emotions'

Coventry Cathedral says the EU referendum result will leave strong emotions as it opens a "special place" of prayer.

The weekly Litany of Reconciliation was held at noon in the ruins of the old Cathedral and one of those attending, Bex Rothney, 36, from Kenilworth, says she feels "flat".

"I think a lot of people didn't really understand what they were voting for, and didn't understand the impact if they didn't vote," she said.

Prayer meeting at Coventry Cathedral

Glastonbury revellers react to EU vote: 'Deal with reality on Monday'

News of Britain's EU referendum result and the Prime Minister's resignation has filtered through to Glastonbury.

Festival goer, Jonnie Bevan, 21, from Coventry, said that the vote seemed an anathema to the atmosphere of the festival. 


"We are all pretty disappointed - Glastonbury's vision of unity doesn't really seem to fit with this," he said. 

"We've said we are just going to have a good time and not think about it for the moment. We are here to enjoy ourselves so we will deal with the reality on Monday." 

Chamber of Commerce sets up advice line

An impartial advice service, for local businesses, will be available from Monday, organised by the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce.

They say on the back of the referendum verdict, advisers will be on hand via their 'Go for Growth' telephone support line.

Louise Bennett
Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce

The number is 02476 654321 – ask for business support. More information is available on their website.

"We have already seen the market reaction to this and that will be of major concern to businesses and individuals and that means we are going to need very strong leadership at all levels. The first priority is ensuring stability – this, above politics, has to be put first.

Louise BennettChief executive, Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce

Coventry cathedral offers prayer 'in midst of broken world'

Remain-backing Coventry Cathedral - which says it has a record of bridge-building across Europe after WW2 - has organised a "special place" for prayer for those with "hopes and fears" in the "midst of a broken world".

A statement said of the vote to leave the EU: "We have learnt the value of improved international understanding. Whilst this is a political and structural decision, we are confident that we can still continue the important work to bring nations together and celebrate our shared history."

The place of prayer - which will be available over the weekend - will centre around the Kiel candle stand, which has holders representing not only the victims of London's 7/7 bombings, but also the perpetrators. 

"It is a fitting sign of our enduring commitments to sharing together in building a community and future for us all."

Kiel candle stand
Coventry Cathedral

Car industry says negotiations post-Brexit must secure 'tariff-free access' to markets

Rob Mayor

Political Reporter, BBC WM

More than 70% of members of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders had said they wanted to remain in the EU.

Today, their CEO Mike Hawes said: “The British public has chosen a new future out of Europe. Government must now maintain economic stability and secure a deal with the EU which safeguards UK automotive interests. 

"This includes securing tariff-free access to European and other global markets, ensuring we can recruit talent from the EU and the rest of the world and making the UK the most competitive place in Europe for automotive investment.”

At least 50,000 people work in the car industry in the West Midlands.

Rugby votes for Brexit

The voters in the Rugby Borough Council area decisively chose Brexit, with 56.7% choosing Leave.

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Birmingham Edgbaston MP calls for 'cross party' reaction to referendum result

Labour's Gisela Stuart, who's been at the forefront of the Leave campaign, says what's required now is a "cross-party" effort to "act in the best interests of the country".

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Latest: West Midlands delivers Brexit vote; Warwick 'lone Remain' voice; JLR 'remains committed' to manufactuing sites

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

These are the headlining stories in the Coventry newsroom today:

- Coventry and Warwickshire have joined the majority in the West Midlands in supporting Brexit

- Warwick is the only one in 30 regional voting areas to back Remain

-  Remain-backing JLR 'remains committed to all manufacturing sites'  

The West Midlands' lone Remain voice

Of the West Midlands 30 voting areas, only Warwick backed the Remain campaign.

The 29 that backed Leave meant Brexiteers won by 18.5%.  

Turnout across the region was 72.3%.

Earlier, Nick Watson of BBC Sunday Politics Midlands said it was a "night of of misery" for Remain supporters regionally, with the West Midlands delivering a "devastating verdict" on pro-EU support.

When Coventry and then Birmingham backed leave "by a whisker", he said, it was clear there could only be one winner in our part of the UK.

Union flags near Big Ben

Reaction to Cameron resignation

North Warwickshire and Bedworth MP Craig Tracey tweets:

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Resounding Brexit vote from North Warwickshire

The biggest percentage vote in Coventry and Warwickshire was in North Warwickshire - where almost 67% of voters were in favour of Brexit.

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Jaguar Land Rover remains "committed to all manufacturing sites"

Coventry car maker, Jaguar Land Rover, has given its reaction to the referendum result, saying "today is just business as usual".

Last week, the company wrote to its employees warning of the possible consequences that a Brexit could bring.

It says it will "manage the long-term impact and implications of this decision" and  "nothing will change for us, or the automotive industry, overnight."

The company says it "remains committed" to all its manufacturing sites and customers in the EU.


PM David Cameron to stand down after leave vote in the EU Referendum

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

David Cameron has said negotiations with the European Union after the leave vote will need to be conducted by a new prime minister.

He said he did not think it would be right for him to "try to be the captain that steers the country to its next destination".

He said the country needed a "period of stability" and believed a new PM should be in place by the Conservative party conference in October.

BreakingUK votes to leave: David Cameron steps down

Trish Adudu

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

 We're broadcasting reaction to David Cameron's resignation live on BBC Coventry & Warwickshire.

He says he will step down in October.

Stratford delivers narrow vote for Brexit

A close result in Stratford-upon-Avon saw 51.6% of voters putting their cross in the Leave box.

Turnout was 81%.

Stratford-upon-Avon result

Turnout for the West Midlands

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

With all 30 results declared the turnout for the West Midlands region was 72.3% - with 2,962,872 people turning out to cast their vote.


Watch: Analysis on the vote in the West Midlands

BBC Midlands Today

Our political editor, Patrick Burns, delivers his verdict on a "remarkable night".

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Nuneaton delivers resounding vote for Brexit

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Two thirds of voters in Nuneaton and Bedworth backed leaving the EU with 66% of the vote, despite local MP Marcus Jones campaining for Remain.

You can find details of all counts on the BBC's referendum results page. 

Nuneaton and Bedworth count

Coventry votes to leave EU

Coventry followed the rest of the West Midlands by also voting to leave the EU.

There were 85,097 Leave votes and 67,967 for Remain. The turnout was 69%.

Coventry vote

Analysis: West Midlands helps deliver Leave victory

Nick Watson

Sunday Politics Midlands

The West Midlands voted decisively to Leave the European Union in yesterday's referendum.

North Warwickshire was the first of the region's areas to declare with a decisive 67% to 33% in favour of Leave.

It proved to be the start of a series of convincing victories across the patch as result after result here backed the Brexit option.

There was some brief respite with Remain coming out on top in Cotswold and Warwick but they were scant reward what was a night of misery for pro EU supporters.

When Coventry and then Birmingham - by a whisker - backed Leave it became clear that there could only be one winner. 

The West Midlands delivered a devastating verdict giving a landslide victory for the Leave campaign on an historic night for British and European politics. 

Warwick votes to remain in the EU

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

Warwick was the only district in Coventry and Warwickshire to return a Remain result.

There were 47,976 votes for remain against 33,642 voting to leave the EU.

Results across Coventry and Warwickshire

North Warwickshire votes to leave the EU

Jennifer Meierhans

BBC News Online

The first result of the EU referendum declared in the West Midlands saw North Warwickshire vote to leave the European Union. 

A total of 25,385 people wanted to leave the EU, which accounted for 67% of the total votes. 

North Warwickshire EU referendum count
North Warwickshire borough council

Meanwhile 12,569 people voted to stay - making up 33% of the votes.

A total of 75% eligible voters in the region turned out to register their ballots, which were counted at Coleshill Leisure Centre.

West Mids EU results back leave

The West Midlands region has voted to leave the European Union.

The first count to finish was in North Warwickshire where 67% of votes gave a clear win to the leave campaign.

Vote leave campaigners in Birmingham