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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.

Truck stop views on Brexit result

Taxi drivers are often thought to be a gauge of public mood, but what about truckers?

There was a mix of views at a truck stop cafe in Bromsgrove on Friday - the morning after the night before.  

Brexit: Views from a Bromsgrove truck stop

'We have to find ways of bringing capital into the region' - council leader

Birmingham City Council leader John Clancy has said he is already starting to garner and attempt to guarantee more sources of investment in the city in the wake of the EU Referendum.

He said: "I’m already talking to potential investors and reassuring them that our city continues to be a great place to invest.

John Clancy on a BBC news background
Birmingham City Council

“The economic history of the West Midlands is based on manufacturing and we now need to move towards investment in advanced manufacturing. We have to find new ways of bringing capital into the region to invest and my message to the government is that it’s time to invest in growth.

“The government must now look to the UK’s cities, regions and nations for economic growth and continued austerity is not an option.”

Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

Cloud is continuing to thicken up and showers are quite lively.

Lows of 12C (54F).

Find out more about the weekend ahead.

Afternoon weather forecast for the West Midlands

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.

Latest: EU Referendum aftermath in Birmingham and the Black Country

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here are some of the regional headlines following the EU Referendum:

- The Leave campaign won by a hair's breadth in Birmingham with 50.4% of the vote

- Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is facing criticism from two Black Country MPs - one of whom claims he 'did not work hard enough' on the Remain campaign

- The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner claims Brexit means protecting citizens "will be harder"

BreakingWarley MP 'has no confidence' in Labour leader Corbyn

Labour MP for Warley John Spellar has backed the no confidence motion over party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Travel: Motorway delay warnings

BBC Travel

There is slow traffic on the M6 northbound between J7 for Great Barr and J8 for the M5 interchange, because of an earlier breakdown even though all lanes have reopened.

There's meanwhile slow traffic on the M42 southbound between J3a for the M40 and J3 for Portway, drivers are warned.

Universities in Birmingham reassure international students no immediate impact of EU leave vote

Universities in Birmingham have said that any immediate impact on EU, international or UK students is "highly unlikely".

The University of Birmingham and Birmingham City University both issued statements saying that "the vote to leave the European Union (EU) does not mean there will be any immediate material change to the UK university sector’s participation in EU programmes such as Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+, nor to the immigration status of current and prospective EU students and staff.

"Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty foresees a two-year negotiation process between the UK and other Member States, during which time the terms of the UK’s exit from the European Union will be decided.”

Birmingham votes Brexit by a whisker

The morning after the night before: Here's a handy overview of the picture in Birmingham which, just about, voted to leave the EU, shocking forecasters.

BBC webpage

Leave vote 'very unlikely' to solve NHS funding woes, says Birmingham expert

Catherine Needham, a University of Birmingham expert in public policy, has said "financial uncertainties" stemming from the leave vote are "very unlikely" to generate growth in the NHS in the short-term.

She said: "There’s lots of things we don’t know yet. Here are some that we do. It won’t mean £350m a week more for the NHS. 

"Even Nigel Farage said, soon after the result was announced, that it was ‘a mistake’ to make that claim. 

"The NHS faces intense financial pressures and the best way to address those pressures is through a growing economy and increased tax revenues."

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."  

Brexit: How does it feel to be English?

"It's a pretty confusing time."

Aaron Wilson, 19, from Birmingham, was among the people we spoke to - and he said the country had done "what it wanted".

After Brexit vote in Birmingham: How does it feel to be English?

Wolverhampton North East MP says Corbyn 'did not work hard enough' on Remain campaign

Chris Blakemore


The Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East Emma Reynolds has told us that Jeremy Corbyn did not work hard enough to convince people to remain. 

She said the results of the EU Referendum showed the party would need to "take a look at itself".

Emma Reynolds

Watch: Black Country voters on their 'best day'

Black Country voters have been speaking of their delight following the UK's Brexit vote.

These people in Tipton - part of the borough of Sandwell - gave their positive reaction, citing fears over immigration.

Sandwell was among the 29 out of 30 West Midlands voting areas to back the Leave campaign, beating Remain by a margin of 18.5%.  

Brexit: Black Country voters on their 'best day'

Sutton Coldfield MP says 'abundance' of suitors for Tory leader job


Andrew Mitchell is the Conservative MP for Sutton Coldfield and supported the Prime Minister in wanting to stay in the EU.

He said it was too early to say who would replace the outgoing PM David Cameron but there was "an abundance" of "qualified, extremely able, potential". 

Cameron Quits after EU Defeat

Express and Star

This is how we captured the day the UK voted to leave the European Union.

Express & Star

Birmingham commuters' 'concern for future' after UK Brexit vote

Birmingham commuters 'concern for future' after UK Brexit vote

Commuters arriving at Birmingham's New Street station have reacted with shock to the UK vote to leave the EU.

People questioned by the BBC said they were worried about what would happen next, but others felt it was the right decision to leave.  

Coming up on TV

Giles Latcham

BBC Midlands Today

The people of the West Midlands have voted overwhelmingly to leave the European Union.

At 59%, more people here backed Brexit than anywhere else in the UK.

We'll have the story of the night and reaction on the Midlands Today at 13:45 on BBC One.

JLR 'remains committed to all its manufacturing sites'

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Jaguar Land Rover has said this morning it remains "committed to all our manufacturing sites and investment decisions" after last night's vote.

JLR has a factory on the fringes of Wolverhampton at the i54 business site, along with bases in Castle Bromwich and Solihull.

The car maker had backed the Remain campaign.  

From exultation to disbelief - the mood on the morning commute into Birmingham

Nick Higham

BBC Correspondent

It was the biggest single voting district in the UK - around 700,000 registered voters - and one of the closest results of the night.

Birmingham voted Leave by just 3,800 votes. In its West Midlands hinterland, the vote was much clearer. In manufacturing districts like Coventry they ignored the dire warnings from big business that a vote to leave would hit the economy. And some of the poorest areas voted by the largest margin to quit: 68% to 32% in Dudley.

In Birmingham itself, in the shadow of the splendid neoclassical Town Hall which stands as a monument to the city's 19th century role as the workshop of the world, the mood of commuters on their way to work ranged from exultation to disbelief.

Birmingham commuters' 'concern for future' after UK Brexit vote

Commuters arriving at Birmingham's New Street station have reacted with shock to the UK vote to leave the EU.

People questioned by the BBC said they were worried about what would happen next, but others felt it was the right decision to leave.  

Birmingham Leave campaigners thought they were on to a winner

Kathryn Stanczyszyn

Political Reporter, BBC WM

The Leave campaign in Birmingham was confident even before the official declaration.

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Watch: Wolverhampton votes Leave

Sixty-two per cent of voters in Wolverhampton, that's 73,798, voted for Brexit compared to Leave's 44,138.

Here's the moment the result was declared.

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'Britain out, Cameron out'

The Birmingham Mail has printed a special edition at 09:00 this morning to mark David Cameron's decision to stand down.

Birmingham Mail

Leave vote means 'rising inflation in the medium term' - Birmingham expert

Dr Huw Macartney, senior lecturer in political economy at the University of Birmingham, has assessed the statement from the Bank of England governor Mark Carney in the wake of the Leave vote in the EU Referendum.

Dr Macartney said: "The most important message for the British public is that in spite of the dramatic scenes taking place in financial markets, there will almost certainly not be another bank failure (like Northern Rock) or another credit crunch. 

"The Governor alluded to the inflation vs. growth dilemma that will now face the British economy after Brexit. 

"Lower sterling will have a positive impact on our exports and will help to buffer certain downward pressures of the referendum decision on the British economy. 

"The problem though is that, as a British economy, we tend to import more than we export and so the positive impacts of a fall in sterling will be more than offset by rising inflation in the medium term."

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

Rob Mayor

Black Country 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.

Watch: West Midlands MEP 'delighted' at result

Dudley votes to leave

I've been speaking to Richard Lewis at Dudley Market, one of the 118,446 people who voted to leave the EU in the borough.

He said among his reasons was a wish "to take the country back". He added he "didn't think we should be told what to do by Brussels". 

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'Business as usual' for Remain campaigners JLR in wake of Leave vote

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), which has an engineering factory near Wolverhampton and bases in Castle Bromwich and Solihull, has said today it's "business as usual".

JLR backed the Remain campaign days before last night's vote, writing to employees to warn of the possible consequences of a Brexit. It said: "We respect the views of the British people and in line with all other businesses, Jaguar Land Rover will manage the long-term impact and implications of this decision: nothing will change for us, or the automotive industry, overnight.

JLR's engineering factory near Wolverhampton

"Europe is a key strategic market for our business, comprising 20% of global sales, and we remain absolutely committed to our customers in the EU.

"There will be a significant negotiating period, and we look forward to understanding more about that as details emerge." 

Edgbaston MP call 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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BreakingPM David Cameron to stand down after leave vote in the EU Referendum

Adrian Goldberg

Presenter, BBC WM

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 speaks outside Downing Street

Adrian Goldberg

Presenter, BBC WM

We're broadcasting David Cameron's first reaction live on BBC WM.

Watch: Northfield Labour MP on 'lack of control' after the leave vote

John Bray

BBC Midlands Today

"I don't think many people feel a lot of control today."

Richard Burden, Labour MP for Northfield and an advocate of the Remain campaign, highlights the plummeting value of the pound and uncertainty of the markets in the wake of the UK's vote to leave the EU.

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Dudley votes for Brexit

The biggest percentage vote for Brexit in the region, and one of the top in the country, was Dudley with 67.6% of voters choosing Leave.

West Midlands UKIP MEP, Bill Etheridge tweeted his thanks:

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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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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.


The picture in Solihull and Wolverhampton

In some other results Solihull voted to leave with a 76% turnout.

The verdict of Wolverhampton voters was also to leave: 73,798 to 44,138.


Analysis: West Midlands helps deliver 'decisive' 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. 

Three areas voted to remain in the EU

Mike Taylor


A resounding vote for Leave across the BBC Midlands Today area with only three council areas voting to remain in the EU.

The West Midlands is currently on course to be the most pro-Brexit region of England, just ahead of the East Midlands.

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

Results table