Pandemonium and Upheaval as World Responds to UK’s Brexit

Journal of People

by Nika Knight, staff writer

Common Dreams | 24 June, 2016

The world reacts in shock and dismay as United Kingdom votes to exit the European Union. (Photo: Nicolas Raymond/flickr/cc)

 In the wake of Britain’s unprecedented vote to leave the European Union on Thursday, the initial wave of reaction was tumultuous: Prime Minister David Cameron resigned, global markets plunged, and right-wing leaders across Europe cheered—stoking fears that other nations may hold similar referendums to depart the EU in the future.

“The British people have made the very clear decision to take a different path and as such I think the country requires fresh leadership to take it in this direction,” Cameron announced to the press on Friday. “I do not think it would be right for me to be the captain that steers our country to its next destination.”

At one stage the prime minister appeared close to tears,

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