High Peak folk had their say on the UK’s membership of the European Union last week, joining the country in taking part in a referendum, the result of which will eventually lead to Britain’s Brexit.
The referendum turnout was 71.8 per cent, with more than 30 million people voting. It was the highest turnout in a UK-wide vote since the 1992 general election.
Kath Worral, 67, said: “I voted out and I’m happy that the country is now leaving the EU.
“I feel people didn’t make educated choices. I know a lot of the young people feel we should have remained, but I think the right choice has been made.
“I know the economy is having a bit of a dip but we just need to rally together and we can do wonders.
“It is better being out because too many countries were having economic problems and we don’t have the money to bail out Greece, Ireland or wherever.”
The European Union - often known as the EU - is an economic and political partnership involving 28 European countries. It began after World War Two to foster economic co-operation, with the idea that countries which trade together are more likely to avoid going to war with each other.
Dave Christi, 66, also voted out and quoted former Prime Minister Winston Churchill from the Second World War when asked why.
He said: “He said we are with them not part of them, and I think that is very true.
“We are paying a lot out and getting little in return.
“I’m not too worried about the state of the pound because I am a pensioner, but we have managed before in tough times and we will manage again.”
The pound fell to its lowest level in more than 30 years against the dollar, following the decision to leave the European Union.
However, there are people who voted remain over Brexit and feel the country has made a mistake.
James Barrett, 78, from Buxton, said: “David Cameron is a good Prime Minister and he said we should stay, so I followed his lead.
“This was a serious matter for the whole country and although the vote has happened it is only just starting.
“The state of the economy is worrying but over time I think we will build back up again.”
Jackie Brown disagrees and voted to leave the EU.
The 56-year-old, from Quarnford, said: “Our nation is fed up with being told what to do by Brussels. Countries come to us cap in hand, but we need to take a look to sort our own finances out.
“I don’t agree with the petition for a second referendum, it makes the first one pointless and shouldn’t be given any serious consideration.”
More than three million people have signed a petition for a second referendum, however the Prime Minister has said this is not on the cards.
James Cross, 20, from Buxton, said: “I was unsure what to do so voted remain, I’m not too concerned now, but hope things will calm down soon.”
Harvey Clarke, 22, from Chapel, said: “I was sad and disappointed with the result, but it may not go ahead yet.”
Formal negotiations to leave cannot start until Britain activates Article 50 – initiating the formal two-year procedure for withdrawing from the EU, and MPs must still vote in order for Britain to leave.