Everyone will be a loser from Brexit, but many of the groups that voted for it will be especially disadvantaged. That is truly a tragedy.
Politicians bear a heavy burden for the blame.
The same regions are however blighted by significantly long-term government inattention and low investment, resulting in low wages, low levels of education and high unemployment..
It is the responsibility of government to address such problems and not take a further set of disastrous decisions to distract attention away from their previous failures.
The Brexit vote is about failed policies on housing and developing deprived regions and not based on any credible economic argument.
The biggest irony is that these regions are and will suffer greatly from what the political class is about to do.
For four decades the Tory party has held the country up on the Europe question.
This is four decades during which the UK could have quite easily led Europe into a strong democratic free market model.
That didn't happen because of petty Tory in-fighting.
And now we seem to be trusting second rate poltiticians with no experience of real work to navigate us out of our major export market with the ridiculous argument 'the EU needs us more than we need them.'
In fact the EU won't need us very much because the EU is a trading bloc of 27 countries who can take the 'hit' very easily. We are one country and we do need the EU for jobs and growth.
If we leave the EU then people in the UK will be poorer as a result and in 20 years time out children will beasking why France , Germany and Italy have twice the living standard of our country.
That is where we are right now.
Possibly the most disappointing thing is a lack of any leadership quality: a referendum that squeeked through on ridiculous promises and minimal reason warranted a concerted leadership of the public away from a catastrophic decision: many people voting thought the vote didn't matter because it wasn't a general election.
Perhaps the Prime Ministers most neglectful mistake though was to fire the Article 50 'gun' (again, in order to appease the right of her party) before formulating any plans of what Brexit was wanted. If one were to look for an example of how this Government is ruling to prop up its own unity and survival, but at the expense of the country's future: this is a prime example.
"The day after we vote to leave, we will hold all the cards." Michael Gove
On the promise to spend £350m a week on the NHS after EU withdrawal:-
"I never made that promise, I think 'they' made a mistake saying that." Nigel Farage
"It is not a promise broken, I never said that during the course of the election" Ian Duncan Smith
On immigration numbers:-
"The leave campaign never promised to cut immigration numbers and the free movement of workers to and from the UK should continue to ensure Britain remains within the single market"Tory Eurosceptic MEP Daniel Hannan on BBC Newsnight