The British town that really wants to leave Europe

Updated 1728 GMT (0128 HKT) July 15, 2016

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Over the coming months as Britain Brexits from Europe, we'll be following six people in Romford, a town that overwhelmingly voted Leave, tracking their hopes and fears in this post-referendum reality. These are their stories.

(CNN)In Romford Market a busker's jaunty tune wafts over shoppers wandering under flapping Union Jacks.

"Stop your messing around. Better think of your future," he sings.
Last month Romford delivered its own message to European lawmakers: Leave.
In Havering, the borough where the town is situated, 70% of people voted to exit the European Union, making it one of the places with the highest percentage of Leave voters.
This is not rural England, where so many Brexiters hailed from. Romford is a mere 17 miles from Parliament, but a world away from London's liberal elite -- some of whom were so disappointed by the outcome they've called for the capital to break away from the UK and form its own city-state.
Havering sits on the easternmost edge of London, where suburban sprawl gives way to empty fields.
Arriving in Romford by train, the greyhound racetrack looms on the left; neatly stacked shipping containers on the right.
With one of the whitest (at 83%) and oldest (median age 40) populations in London, many of Havering's elderly residents originated from the city's East End before moving further out.
"People in Havering, they've been pushed out of London -- by foreigners, some cultures [and] house prices," says Dave Crosbie, Leave voter and owner of Romford Market's "The Better Plaice" seafood stall.
"So they've had to come out to the edge of London because it's the only place they can afford now," he adds in a cockney accent from his own childhood in east London.