Seems we are in the minority. It was the young people who wanted to stay and the ‘older’ folks who voted to go. As an ‘older folk’, we thought that fear of the unknown would win out in the end. We were wrong.
The vote was close but close only counts in horseshoes. 51.9% leave, 49.1% remain. Other notable numbers:
Scotland: 62% remain – 38% leave. Wales: 48.3% remain, 51.7% leave. Northern Ireland: 55.7% remain, 44.3% leave.
Gibraltor, the British overseas territory of 30,000 voted overwhelmingly for remain, with 95.9% opting to stay in the union. Gibraltar has been a British territory since 1713 but Spain continues to claim sovereignty over the enclave. Today they called for joint sovereignty.
Scotland has already made overtures to call another referendum.
Donald Trump is ecstatic at the result. Here’s a short excerpt of the speech he gave while in Scotland:
Come November, the American people will have the chance to re-declare their independence. Americans will have a chance to vote for trade, immigration and foreign policies that put our citizens first. They will have the chance to reject today’s rule by the global elite, and to embrace real change that delivers a government of, by and for the people. I hope America is watching, it will soon be time to believe in America again.
Blanche stands corrected in terms of Trump’s chance to get into the White House in November. After watching this vote, he has a chance – a good one. People are fed up with being told what to do by those who ‘know better’. More importantly they are done being forced to take in immigrants not properly vetted. Seems they don’t care if there’s a buffoon in at the helm, as long as that person is not part of the establishment.
To say that Europe and by extension the EU and the western world is now sailing in totally uncharted waters is the understatement of the century. It will take at least a couple of years for Britain to extricate themselves from the EU. Lawyers are going to be making a lot of money.
David Cameron resigned. He gambled by calling the referendum that the Brits would never leave the EU and lost the vote, his job and will always be the PM under whose watch the EU was split.
There are now other EU countries who have taken note of the vote. Poland, Hungary, France and Italy for starters.
The sun rose this morning and will set tonight. The anxiety will abate and things will find some kind of normalcy for a while. But make no mistake. The uncertainty will hover over Europe for a very long time. And as we live in a very small world, no country will go totally unscathed by this uncertainty.