People in Macclesfield voted to remain in the EU - bucking the national trend.

A breakdown of votes shows 54,912 people from the north area of Cheshire East which included Macclesfield, Bollington, Wilmslow and Knutsford (54 percent) voted to stay in the European Union, while 46,164 (46 percent) wanted a Brexit.

However, in the south area, which included Congleton, Crewe and Nantwich, the leave camp clocked up 66,999 votes (55.7pc) in the referendum, as opposed to 53,050 votes (44.1pc) for the remain.

It meant that overall the majority of people in Cheshire East (51.2pc) voted to leave, compared to the 48.8pc who voted to stay.

There was only 5,201 votes between the two camps. The turnout was 77.3pc.

Vast swathes of the country also voted to leave, triggering a momentous day in the country’s history.

The result prompted Prime Minister David Cameron to resign and now means the UK has started the complicated and controversial process of leaving the European Union.

Both leave and remain camps in Macclesfield expressed their shock at the result.

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Macclesfield MP David Rutley, who campaigned to remain, said: “The people have spoken and I fully respect the will of the people to leave the EU on this momentous day. I congratulate the leave campaign on its successful result.

“I will do all that I can to help deliver our exit in a way that best serves the interest of our country and to mitigate any short term financial challenges as well as to realise the new opportunities that lie ahead.”

Mr Rutley said he saddened but not surprises by Mr Cameron’s decision to resign.

He said: “The Prime Minister has achieved a lot while in office to get our economy back into shape and put a firm focus into improving life chances. It has been an honour to serve in a small way as an aid in his government. But given the decision of the public I understand why he has decided to step down after the referendum result.”

Councillor Lesley Smetham, who represents Gawsworth ward for Cheshire East Council, was in favour of remain.

She said: “It’s terribly depressing. I am extremely disappointed.”

Amanda Stott, Bollington First councillor on Cheshire East Council, said it was the right choice for the country.

She said: “I was as shocked as anyone that sensible voices have won the day. We have the opportunity to control ourselves, makes rules ourselves and bring it all back to Britain, and hopefully make a better place for our youngsters.”

Readers of the Macclesfield Express had their say on the referendum result.

Emma Edwards said: “I’m sick of all the doom and gloom, we wanted a referendum and we got it. Just because some people don’t like the results it’s tough, we now need to use all of that negative energy and pull together to make it a positive.”

Carol Reeves said: “Sad sad day for England.”

Jake Smith sad: “We don’t have a clue how leaving is going to affect us, could be good, could be bad.”

David Willdig said: “Think any leader who voted for “in” should resign as it’s obvious they are not in touch with the people. Do a Cameron. They won’t tho will they.”

John Williams said: “Oh well done folks of Cheshire East. Hope you’re proud of yourselves and will remember this day in the future when you look for someone to blame.”

Janet Reeves said: “We need to pull together as a country now and take control. We won a war against all odds come on put the Great back in Great Britain.”

Julie-Anne Galloway said: “I voted remain, and I am disappointed. However, just because other people disagreed with me, I’m not angry at them. They had their reasons, I had mine, and there’s nothing anyone can do now except to just carry on and see what happens. There were always going to be disappointed people today no matter which way it went. There’s no point getting angry about it, it’s just a waste of energy that will achieve nothing.”