UK Votes for Brexit

'Leave' side hails 'independence day'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 24, 2016 12:27 AM CDT
UK Votes for Brexit
Nigel Farage, the leader of the UK Independence Party, speaks to the media on College Green in London.   (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

The BBC, among others, has called it: The UK has voted to leave the European Union, sending shock waves through the EU and world economies. With almost all results in, the vote stands at 52% for "Leave" and 48% for "Remain," the Guardian reports. Signaling discord ahead for the UK, different regions voted differently, with Remain winning easily in Scotland, Northern Ireland, and London, and Leave sweeping much of England and Wales. "Let June 23 go down in history as our independence day," jubilant UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage told reporters. The British pound, meanwhile, tumbled to its lowest level against the dollar in more than 30 years.

Britain is the first nation ever to vote to leave the EU, which will now shrink from 28 nations to 27. As the rest of the Europe woke up to the news, anti-immigration parties in countries such as the Netherlands called for their own countries to hold votes on leaving the bloc, while a senior German lawmaker warned that Britain will receive "no special treatment" and exit negotiations must be concluded within two years, reports the Telegraph, which calls the Brexit vote the biggest crisis in EU history. In Scotland, meanwhile, Scottish National Party leaders are already calling for a second referendum on leaving the UK. (More Brexit stories.)

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