Brexit is now real

The UK has decided to quit the European union with 51.9% of the votes. 

June 24th will be remembered as the day the UK decided to leave the European Union. At 6:00 BTS it was officially announced the leave campaign had won. With 17,410,742 votes over 16,141,241. The turnout was 71.8%.

The close margin (only 3.8%) defined the referendum, and reactions have been sparkling ever since. David Cameron, Britain's Prime Minister announced he will step down by October, when the Conservative conference takes place.

He said it would be for the new prime minister to carry out negotiations with the EU and invoke the Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which gives the UK 2 years to negotiate its withdrawal. The remain camp called the result a "catastrophe."

On the other hand UKIP leader Nigel Farage hailed the result and said it was UK's "Independence Day" and Boris Johnson, former London mayor said the result wouldn't mean "pulling up the drawbridge."

Division within the UK resulted evident after the referendum. Already has Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said it was "absolutely determined" to stay in the EU and that a new independence vote was "highly likely." In Wales, First Minister Carwyn Jones said he feared jobs would be lost after the result.

International reactions haven't stopped. European far right have been celebrating. French Marine Le Pen, leader of the Front National  said it was a "victory for freedom." "As I have been asking for years, now we need to have the same referendum in France and in the countries of the EU."

Geert Wilders twitted, "hurrah for the British! Now it is our turn. Time for a Dutch referendum!"

Instead, a joint statement by European Commission President Jean-Claude Junker, European Council President, Donald Tusk, European Parliament President Matin Schulz and Dutch PM Mark Ruttle said, "we now expect the United Kingdom government to give effect to this decision of the British people as soon as possible, however painful that process may be. Any delay would unnecessarily prolong uncertainty."

US Vice-President, Joe Biden stated, "we would have preferred a different outcome, but the United States has a long-standing friendship with the United Kingdom and that very special bond will endure."

Irish Prime Minister, Enda Kenny, announced "I am very sorry that the result of the referendum is for the UK to leave the European Union. However, the British people have spoken and we fully respect their decision." Ireland is  the only EU country to have a land border with the UK and they will aim to maintain pre-EU agreement of an open border.

Meanwhile the pound fell to its lowest levels since 1985 as markets reacted to the result.  

Why did the Leave campaign won?
The BBC has listed 8 reasons why the UK voted to quit the European Union.

1. Brexit economic warnings backfire, as it was seen as a price worth paying

2. The assertion that leaving the EU would free up 350 million pounds a week extra to spend in the NHS

3. Farage made immigration a defining issue as the Leave campaign argued the UK wouldn't be able to stop people entering and used Turkey as a key weapon

4. The public stopped listening to David Cameron and he couldn't get to win over Labour supporters nor floating voters.

5. Labour failed to connect with voters

6. Big beasts, Boris Johnson and Michael Gove declarations to support the Brexit boosted the Leave campaign.

7. Older voters flock to polls, support for Brexit was higher among those aged 55 and older and it is expected in coming days to confirm they were the ones who won the referendum for Leave.

8. Europe always slightly alien. The relationship between EU and UK has never been simple.

Coming days will give more reasons and analysis of the vote, for now, the UK faces great change and the EU will certainly won't be the same without one of its biggest members. 

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