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The UK votes to Leave the EU

After a long and democratic referendum campaign, the United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union [1]. With a turnout of 72.2%, 51.9% of voters chose to Leave, and 48.1% placed their crosses next to Remain. In total, 17.4m people voted Leave, and 16.1m voted Remain. The decision of the 1975 referendum to confirm our membership of the European Community, which is now the European Union, has been reversed.

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The UK has voted to leave the EU. (Source: BBC)

One of the smaller consequences of this historic vote will be another investigation into public polling [2].

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The EU referendum polls suggested a slight Remain victory. (Source: Number Cruncher Politics)

 

Given that many polling companies had their central estimates for a Remain victory, the question of whether this disparity is due to differential turnout, an unusual distribution of people giving non-affirmative responses going to Leave, or continued troubles with sampling.

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Most polls showed a Remain victory. (Source: Number Cruncher Politics)

 

David Cameron, the Prime Minister, has resigned:

Although leaving Europe was not the path I recommended, I am the first to praise our incredible strengths.

I said before that Britain can survive outside the European Union and indeed that we could find a way.

Now the decision has been to leave, we need to find the best way and I will do everything I can to help.

I love this country and I feel honoured to have served it and I will do everything I can in future to help this great country succeed.

Thank you very much.

(Video: BBC News)

Seismic

A letter of no confidence has been written in the Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, as leader of the Labour party. The United Kingdom has been overtaken as the world’s fifth largest economy, due to the currency fall. The United Kingdom may not even be united for much longer, as different parts of the country desire to stay within the European Union.

This decision is seismic. This decision had to be confronted. This decision will affect everyone. This decision will affect everything. We are great, and we will survive.

As beneficial as I personally considered our membership of the European Union to be, that membership cannot be sustained without democratic consent. In a democracy, the will of the electorate must be respected. Our country remains divided, and needs healing.

Whilst this is not the vote I campaigned for, we must now all fight for our vision of Britain, outside of the European Union. Those who sought for Britain to leave the EU will call this our Independence Day. It is now our decision what precisely that means.

References

[1] BBC, 2016. EU referendum results. Available from: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/politics/eu_referendum/results [Accessed: 24th June 2016]

[2] Number Cruncher Politics, 2016. UK EU referendum. Available from: http://www.ncpolitics.uk/uk-eu-referendum/ [Accessed: 24th June 2016]

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