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  1. Updates on Friday 24 June 2016

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John Bowness

BBC Radio Cumbria reporter

Live updates have finished on the historic day on which we learned the result of a far-reaching decision made by British voters. 

We'll be back at 08:00 on Monday with news updates for Cumbria, as well as travel reports and the weather forecast. 

You can send in news and pictures using Twitter where we're @BBC_Cumbria, by emailing us at or by posting on our Facebook page.  

No temporary bridge for Staveley

County highways engineers in Cumbria say they don't plan to put up a temporary bridge in Staveley near Kendal, after the existing one was damaged by flooding.  

Councillor Stan Collins had called for a temporary bridge to be built once the damaged structure is demolished over the next three weeks.  

Damaged bridge in Staveley

But walls and barriers will then be put up across both access roads, and Cumbria County Council says preparation work for a new permanent bridge next summer will need access to the site on both banks.  

That will mean closing Kendal Road and Gowan Terrace during what the council calls "the low season" at the start of next year, before construction of a permanent single-span bridge begins in June 2017.  

Your photos: Sun, showers and a rainbow at Shap

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher "Waddo" from Shap, for sending in this attractive photo showing a mixture of Cumbrian weather conditions all in one shot. 

Find out more about Weather Watchers here.

Fields and stone wall with showers and rainbow
BBC Weather Watcher, Waddo

Boxing champion injured in Lake District

Heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury has revealed his fight against Vladimir Klitchsko has been postponed after he suffered an injury in the Lake District.

The undefeated 27-year-old, who took the WBA and WBO heavyweight titles from Klitschko in their first bout, says he went over his ankle while running in The Lakes.

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Their rematch was scheduled for 9 July but will now be sometime in October.

EU Referendum: Opinions in Barrow

People in Barrow have been giving their reaction to the UK's decision to leave the European Union.

Bob Maltman runs the Bob In cafe in Barrow, and voted to leave.

He said: "There's too much legislation coming from Brussels." 

Daphne Quinn, who also runs the cafe, was in favour of the status quo.

She said: "Economically, for such a small island the government was doing a fantastic job - keeping the status quo was important, now we are going into the unknown."

Bob In cafe

EU Referendum reaction: 'Labour is toast'

The fallout for some Labour members after the Leave vote continues.

John Woodcock, Labour MP for Barrow, tweeted: "Listening to people saying Labour voters decided to opt for Leave as message to Tory Govt. If that's our conclusion then Labour is toast."

Traffic problems on A66 near Appleby

BBC Travel

An accident involving two vehicles on the A66, between its junctions with the B6542 at Appleby and Hayber Lane at Warcop, is causing delays.  

The road's partially blocked, with police directing traffic and reports of stationary vehicles as far as Appleby and the A685 junction at Brough.  

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Reassurance sought for EU students

Universities have pledged to pressure ministers to ensure European staff and students can still work and study in the UK after the vote to leave the EU.

Vice-chancellors from the Universities UK umbrella group say the decision to leave will create "significant challenges" for higher education.

They are already in talks with EU commissioners, it is understood.

The Russell Group of top research universities says it will work with ministers to safeguard research funds.

It represents Durham University, Newcastle University, the University of Glasgow and 21 other universities.

Phil Coomes
More than 125,000 EU students are currently studying at UK universities

Cumbrian holidaymakers warned to expect to pay more

Paul Cusak from Cockermouth Travel told BBC Radio Cumbria that people going on holiday should expect to see an increase in costs, because of the biggest one-day fall ever seen in the value of the pound. 

At one stage this morning it reached $1.3236 which was its lowest level since 1985. 

Graph showing how the pound fell overnight

Paul Cusak says people should expect that a planned £1,500 trip next year will cost them about £150 more.  

And he says people holidaying sooner than that will also face increased costs:   

If you haven't already bought Euros and you're travelling this summer, and you're going to be dining out or you've got things like hotels or car hire to pay for overseas, then your costs will increase."

Paul CusakCockermouth Travel

A weaker pound buys fewer dollars or other foreign currencies, which makes it more expensive to buy products from abroad. However, it should benefit exporters as it makes their goods cheaper abroad.  

What will life after Brexit be like?

Francesca Williams

BBC News

During the EU referendum campaign there was the obvious question of what would happen if we voted to leave.

Would the warnings of disaster prove to be unfounded? Or would it be the optimistic hope for a new golden era that would unravel?

Only hours in, we still don't really know. But this, written by BBC political correspondent Carolyn Quinn in January, on what happened when Greenland voted to leave - by the same percentage - is interesting to read now.  


Cumbria's Weather: Sunshine with some heavy showers

BBC Weather

The county will have a day of sunshine and showers, some of which will turn heavy and thundery as daytime temperatures rise. 

There will be some dry weather around too, where it will feel warm in the sunshine. 

Here are the figures for Aspatria today, and you can get more details on the BBC Weather website.  

Graphic showing Aspatria's forecast figures for today
BBC Weather

EU Reaction: young Cumbrian Conservative councillor

John Bowness

BBC Radio Cumbria reporter

At 26, Barrow Conservative councillor Levi Gill is one of the county's youngest elected members, and he was among those campaigning for Britain to leave the EU.  

He says although many European laws are voted on by MEPs, who are themselves elected, they're not the ones who actually propose them.  

Levi Gill

Rules are proposed via unelected European officials, and I think people have decided that we have an elected parliament for a reason."

Levi GillConservative councillor in Barrow

EU reaction: Jamie Reed 'proud to be Cumbrian' as he thanks Tim Farron

Copeland Labour MP Jamie Reed has praised the Liberal Democrat leader and MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale, Tim Farron, for the campaigning he did in support of the Remain campaign.  

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EU Reaction: Polish builder in Cumbria says he already feels less welcome

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

After the UK's decision to leave the EU, a Polish man living and working in Ulverston has been telling BBC Radio Cumbria that he feels less welcome in this country already. 

Mihal is a builder who says he pays his taxes and has never claimed any benefits during the eight years he's been here. 

He says he never stops working, and wants to carry on. He points out: "I don't send money abroad to Poland, because I live here."  

Mihal, from Poland, who lives in Ulverston

It's not my fault I was born in Poland... I feel like the country doesn't want me any more."

MihalPolish builder from Ulverston

Brexit: What happens now?

The UK has voted to leave the EU - a process that has come to be known as Brexit. 

Here is what is likely to happen next. 

Houses of Parliament

Reaction in Barrow: EU exit 'will restrict education choices'

In Barrow, Rebecca Allen-Cavanagh who voted for Remain, was hoping to take advantage of EU citizenship to access free university courses in France or Belgium.  

But she's told BBC Radio Cumbria her plans are now "chucked in the bin".

I'm mostly crying for any young people I know, who now have zero options for university unless you have rich parents."

Rebecca Allen-CavanaghRemain voter & would-be masters student

Ask Andy: How will UK vote affect the pound?

The BBC's Andrew Verity explains the economic impact the changing value of the pound can have.

Ask Andy: What happens to the pound after the UK's EU vote?

EU Referendum: Cumbria's key figures

These are the headline statistics showing how Cumbria voted to leave the EU: 

Infographic showing key figures about how Cumbria voted

Cumbrian drivers should expect extra traffic near Cartmel today

Cumbria police are warning drivers that race-goers will create additional traffic in South Cumbria, going to and from Cartmel:

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UKIP reaction in Cumbria: People won't be dictated to

After the UKIP leader Nigel Farage hailed what he called Britain's "independence day", the chairman of the Westmorland and Lonsdale Branch of UKIP, David Walker, told BBC Radio Cumbria this morning he was delighted with the result.  

He said the British public have "seen through" of what he called the "undemocratic, unaccountable and even unelected elite that rules Europe", which he says is becoming ever more dictatorial: 

The British spirit is not for being dictated to. We're a strong nation of independent, strong-minded people, and the vote shows that.

David WalkerChairman, Westmorland and Lonsdale branch, UKIP

Cumbrian MP calls referendum result "a seismic shock"

The Cumbrian Labour MP John Woodcock campaigned for Britain to remain in the EU. 

He's told BBC Radio Cumbria that people will have to work together to protect the economy, whichever side of the debate they were on, to stop "the worst happening".  

And he says voters have delivered a message that must be heard:   

Picture of John Woodcock

We have got to listen to this. This is a seismic shock."

John WoodcockLabour MP for Barrow and Furness

Cumbrian Conservative MP: we'll miss Cameron when he's gone

Carlisle's Conservative MP John Stevenson has been talking about the Prime Minister's decision to step down by October.  

Speaking on BBC Radio Cumbria just minutes after David Cameron's speech in Downing Street, John Stevenson admitted to "a degree of disappointment". 

I think David Cameron's been an excellent Prime Minister..... I think he's done an incredibly good job for our country. One of my colleagues once said to me: when he goes, we'll just realise how good he was.

John StevensonConservative MP for Carlisle

Cumbrian MP says PM's decision to go should not overshadow the result

After David Cameron's announcement that he'll step down as Prime Minster by October, Tim Farron the Liberal Democrat Leader, and MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale, has been giving his reaction.  

He told BBC Radio Cumbria the verdict of voters is much more important than the PM's announcement. 

Tim Farron in TV studio

It is momentous. But it's not nearly as momentous as the decision the British people took yesterday. Prime Ministers come and go, but Great Britain endures.

Tim FarronLiberal Democrat leader, and MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale

EU Referendum: David Cameron will attempt 'to steady the ship'

Prime Minister David Cameron is to step down by October after the UK voted to leave the European Union.

Mr Cameron made the announcement in a statement outside Downing Street after the final result was announced.

He said he would attempt to "steady the ship" over the coming weeks and months.

He had urged the country to vote Remain, warning of economic and security consequences of an exit, but Leave won by 52% to 48%.

David Cameron announces he will step down

BreakingEU Referendum: David Cameron announces he will resign

Prime Minister David Cameron announces he will step down by October following the UK's vote to leave the European Union.  

More to follow.

High average turnout for Cumbria

Mark Denten

BBC Look North

EU Referendum: The picture in Cumbria

If you're just joining us, here are the main points of what happened in the European Union referendum in Cumbria.

  • Voters in five out of the six areas in Cumbria have come out in favour of leaving the European Union.  
  • South Lakeland was the sole area to vote Remain.
  • 56.4% of Cumbrians voted to leave the EU. The average turnout was 73.4%.

Copeland EU Referndum graphic

Tim Farron: 'Utterly gutted and heartbroken'

Liberal Democrat leader and MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale, Tim Farron, said he was "utterly gutted and heartbroken" by the UK's vote to leave the European Union.

He said: "Even though the result was close, there is no doubt that the majority of British people want us to leave. 

 "Our fight for an open, optimistic, hopeful, diverse and tolerant Britain is needed now more than ever. 

"Together we can still make the case for Britain's future with Europe, as millions of people voted for it. Together we cannot afford to let that vision die."

Tim Farron

Highest Cumbrian turnout in the EU Referendum was in South Lakeland

BBC Cumbria

The highest Cumbrian turnout in the EU Referendum was in South Lakeland with 79.7 %. 

The lowest turnout was in Barrow with 67.8 % .

56.4% of Cumbrians voted to leave the EU. South Lakeland was the only district which voted to remain  

North West UKIP MEP: 'Right side of history'

Steven Woolfe, North West MEP and UKIP migration and financial affairs spokesman, tweets his reaction to the UK voting to leave the European Union.

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North West EU Referendum results: Leave 54%, Remain 46%

Here is the split for how the voting went in the North West of England.

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EU referendum: BBC forecasts UK vote to leave

The UK has voted by 52% to 48% to leave the European Union after 43 years in an historic referendum.  

London and Scotland voted strongly to stay in the EU but the remain vote has been undermined by poor results in the north of England.

You can find local results by entering your postcode or council name on this page.

EU referendum results

Most Cumbria districts vote Leave

Bob Cooper

Political reporter, BBC Cumbria

Cumbria gives thumbs down to EU membership

Results of the EU Referendum started to be declared in Cumbria in the early hours.

Voters in five out of the six areas in Cumbria have come out in favour of leaving the European Union.

South Lakeland was the sole area to vote Remain - Allerdale, Carlisle, Eden, Copeland and Barrow in Furness voted in favour of leaving.

Good morning. Welcome to our live coverage

We're starting off early this morning to bring you up to date with all the results overnight from the EU Referendum - a night in which the UK has voted to leave the European Union.

Voters in five out of the six areas in Cumbria have come out in favour of leaving the European Union.  

We'll be here until 16:00 bringing you news, sport, weather and travel from across Cumbria.

If you'd like to get in touch you can Tweet us @BBC_Cumbria, email us, or contact us via our Facebook page.