The British town that really wants to leave Europe

Updated 1:28 PM ET, Fri July 15, 2016

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.

The fishmonger who voted to Brexit

Dave Crosbie, 58, owner of "The Better Plaice" seafood stall in Romford Market.
"The Leave vote showed politicians that you can push us so far before we bite back," said Dave Crosbie, pictured with son Connor.
"My dad's been in the fish game since the 50s. He was second generation, I'm the third," says Crosbie, dressed in a white apron splattered with the day's dirty work.
A Union Jack flies atop Crosbie's seafood trailer, its refrigerated insides glowing with fish, mussels, and crab sticks.
He says that since the country voted for Brexit, he'll be able to fly the English flag without people giving him "funny looks and asking if you're a racist."
"Now we can get back to our nationality a little bit more," he adds.
Crosbie voted Leave because he "got fed up with silly rules coming from Europe, being told what to do by people that weren't even voted in."
"They come up with all these ideas and they just force them upon you."
He points to EU fishing laws, saying the UK is paying the price for decimated fish stocks in the Mediterranean.
"When we joined the EU we had a 12 mile fishing limit [off the British coastline]," he explains.
"Now they've taken that away from us. So you can get 20-odd countries coming and fishing in our waters -- which we looked after."
"Voting Leave will be better for my business in the long run," said Dave Crosbie.
Fishing boats aren't the only thing Crosbie would like to see limited from Europe.
"We've got uncontrolled immigration," he says. "They're coming over for jobs and bringing the family over.
"And because we're quite good to people with our national health system, they're coming over for everything we've got."
Crosbie takes a drag of his cigarette and gazes across the market where he has gutted fish for the last four decades.
"We pay our taxes for everything. And then you get someone just turn up and they get somewhere to live, they get all the privileges that we work hard for," he says. "And we get nothing."

The mom who wanted to Remain

Angelina Leatherbarrow, 40, mother-of-two and former head of committees at nearby Newham Council.
"I want to live in a Britain that's forward-thinking and welcoming," said  Angelina Leatherbarrow, pictured with daughter Gwen.
"My father was a migrant from Malta, and I would say I feel much more European than English," says Angelina Leatherbarrow, who moved to Romford from London's East End 10 years ago.
Looking out Leatherbarrow's kitchen window, a trampoline and children's playhouse adorn a generous backyard -- yet after Havering's overwhelming Leave vote, she's considering moving from the borough.
"I know not everyone voted for xenophobic, racist reasons, but it was definitely there and we can't keep pretending it wasn't," she says.
"The Leave vote has given a lot of legitimacy to people with those beliefs, and what does that mean for my girls growing up here?" Leatherbarrow asks as her eldest scrambles onto her lap.
"I want my daughters to be able to have the experience of working in Europe -- how different will their lives be now?"