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#Brexit: 29 tweets that tell the story of Britain’s crucial ‘leave’ vote

Britain has voted to leave the European Union. In the early hours of Friday morning it became increasingly clear those those wishing to leave (in favour of #Brexit) outnumbered those wanting to remain, albeit by a margin which appears to show a nation (or, more correctly, an assemblage of nations) at odds with itself.

According to The Guardian, the “Leave” campaign received 17 410 742 (or 52%) of the vote, while the “Remain” camp received 16 141 241 (or 48%) of the vote. The winning camp’s victory appears largely to have come on the back of older voters and those with no formal qualifications and low income.

Unsurprisingly the result has taken Twitter by storm, with many registering shock and dismay at the decision. Here’s how the decision is playing out:

Of the “Leave” campaigns most high-profile leaders, Nigel Farage was the first to tweet, sending out a flurry of tweets in celebration of the victory, most of which included interview footage of himself:

His fellow “Leave” campaigner Boris Johnson hasn’t tweeted since Thursday, with the same being true of the “Remain” campaign’s leading lights Prime Minister David Cameron and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Cameron’s silence probably shouldn’t be all that surprising given that he announced his resignation on Friday morning.

#Brexit Economy

As it became increasingly clear that Britons had voted to leave the EU, its economy began to take a pounding. The Pound fell to a three decade low, leading many to wonder just how far the results of the referendum would see it fall:

The first U Turn

While they may have been on the losing side, critics of the “Leave” campaign were given fresh fodder when Farrage conceded that Britain would not be able to redirect the £350-million it sends to Europe weekly back into the NHS:

Goodbye GB and UK?

One of the most profound implications of the vote comes from the fact that the residents of Scotland and Northern Ireland overwhelmingly voted to remain. Many feel that the result opens up the opportunity for Scotland (which narrowly voted to remain in the United Kingdom in 2015) to have another referendum for independence in the near future. Nationalist parties in Northern Ireland meanwhile are calling for a referendum to determine whether it should integrate with the Republic of Ireland. Were such a scenario to unfold, it would mean the defacto end of the United Kingdom and Great Britain as political entities.

Author | Stuart Thomas

Stuart Thomas
Stuart is the editor-in-chief of Engage Me Online. After pursuing an MA in South African literature, he spent five years reporting on the global technology scene. Intrigued by the intersection of technology and work, he joined Engage Me as the editor-in-chief. He is a passionate runner, and recently ran... More

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