‘I’ll go back to selling fish’ - What the region’s MEPs will be doing after Brexit
PUBLISHED: 14:21 06 February 2020 | UPDATED: 14:33 06 February 2020
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For most of us, January 31 will have provided at least some semblance of closure when it comes to Brexit.
But what about the MEPs who have just lost their jobs?
According to June Mummery, former Brexit Party MEP from Lowestoft, the UK's relationship with the EU will remain firmly on her radar.
She said: "I might be going back to my day job selling fish at Lowestoft market, but I will be keeping a keen eye on Boris to make sure he delivers for the country's fishing industry and stops the Dutch hammering our waters.
"Honestly, though, I'm glad I've lost my job. I couldn't wait to get out of that European Parliament.
"Finding a platform will be harder now, but we knew we were elected to take us out of the EU and that's what we did.
"The Brexit Party isn't going anywhere".
Barbara Gibson, the Hertfordshire-born former Liberal Democrat MEP for East England, has a different view to her colleague.
"I'm gutted to be leaving the EU", she said. "It was an especially tough time after the December General Election when we knew that our days were numbered.
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"But I'm not planning on leaving politics.
"As well as still being actively involved in Hertfordshre County Council, I've launched a campaign called 'Women and Girls in Politics'.
"I'm really excited about this. It's important to get more women involved in decision making because it isn't a 'man's world' anymore.
"I'm convinced think we'll be back in Europe one day, but not for a long time yet."
For former Green MEP Catherine Rowett, having to pack up her things from Brussels was also an agonising experience.
She said: "Of course I'm sad to be losing my job.
"It's a really good atmosphere in the EP - not adversarial like the House of Commons.
"The flag-waving idiots who sat at the back did that for the UK media. In reality, MEPs from all over Europe sat together and co-operated on legislation, because that's the grown-up thing to do.
"What I'll do now is probably move into a flexi-retirement role at the University of East Anglia, where I was a researcher in Ancient Philosophy.
"I'm excited to get back to my house in Norwich and my cat, who's had a sitter since I took office in June."
All seven of the region's MEPs were contacted for comment.
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