Lord Owen speaking on Radio 2 Jeremy Vine Show on Friday, 24 June, said:
“It is a good and clear result and we now have to implement the decision of the British people. Involving in that discussion right from the start the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish is a very good one. I personally think it would be quite wrong to proceed without taking all parts of the UK into that discussion and as part of that discussion. I think we can settle to all fair minded people a further serious devolution of power to the other nations and parts of the UK so we can remain united.
“We have to address the anxieties of the young and the challenges for them; that we are not going back on being Europeans. We are going to have a relationship with Europe but also a relationship with the rest of the world. They do not realise how much they miss from not being able to govern our own country. We did govern our own country and we knew what that meant for our democracy.
“I feel that we will be enriched in this process but for someone who has never experienced it and who has lived all their life within the EU they see all its problems. We need to take time to think through very carefully what is the right way forward.
“I do not today see any form of panic; we should wait for solutions. We have already seen some stabilisation on the exchange rate, we have seen that the world goes on. Change will not be implemented rapidly. We have time to take a view and one advantage of the Prime Minister going but still staying to “settle the ship” as he calls it, is we can have those discussions and make no decision on Article 50 until after there is a new leader.”