The UK has voted to leave the EU with 51.9% of the vote. UK sees 72.2% turnout of electorate since 1992. David Cameron announces intention to resign as PM by October.
The 23 June 2016 the UK “Independence Day”. Nigel Farage took the stage at the unofficial Leave campaigns party and announced that he believed that they would win and that the day would become known as the UK’s very own ‘Independence Day’.
After the polls closed at 10pm, and the votes started to be counted the ‘Remain’ camp were reportedly confident in a strong ‘Remain’ vote. However, when the Newcastle result came in as a far closer ‘Remain’ vote than was predicted nerves started to shack. Those nerves only built over the next few hours as other authorities started declaring results a lot tighter than expected. However, in the early results it was Sunderland and its overwhelming support of a Brexit which really got the ‘Leave’ camp excited.
Then good feeling in the ‘Leave’ camp continued to rise throughout the night as it became ever more likely that the UK was swaying towards a ‘Leave’ vote. These good feelings hit a peak just after 4am when Nigel Farage decalered that he predicted a victory for the ‘Leave’ campaign on a day he called the UK’s “Independence Day”.
The final results saw a hugely tight race at 51.9% to 48.1%, the ‘Leave’ camp garnish 17,410,742 votes, leaving the ‘Remain’ camp 16,141,241 votes. The final result saw England and Wales being the only 2 of the 4 home nations to vote ‘Leave’ in the referendum. Meanwhile, Scotland and Northern Ireland were in favour of remaining in the EU.
These results however raise as many questions as they answer. These are questions such as ‘will this be the beginning of another Scottish independent movement?’ Also, ‘will this result initiate a move towards a United Ireland?’ One of the few questions answered by the referendum is that David Cameron will not be the UK’s Prime Minister for much longer, after he announces his resignation. However, this itself creates a new question for the UK to face. ‘Who will be our next PM?’ Can Osborne survive the loss of the EU vote or will Boris Johnson carry his victory momentum through the Tory party leadership fight? Or, even could Micheal Gove or Theresa May make a strong claim for the Conservative party leader and therefore become the next PM?
Regardless of who the next PM is, one thing is for sure and that is they have a significant mess on their hands to sort out.
More to follow as and when it happens.