UK Voters Decide to Leave EU

 

BrexitWith all the results in, it appears that voters in the UK have chosen Brexit. “Leave” defeated “Remain,” 51.9 percent to 48.1 percent, a lead that held most of the night. ITV, Sky, and BBC have officially declared victory for the sovereignty movement.

Scotland and Northern Ireland were the strongest regions for remaining in the European Union, while England and Wales had the lion’s share of Euroskeptics.

You can see the vote count and read late-breaking news via The Telegraph.

Brexit enthusiast Nigel Farage made the following remarks in response:

“If the predictions now are right, this will be a victory for real people, a victory for ordinary people, a victory for decent people. We have fought against the multinationals, against the big merchant banks, against big politics, against lies against lies, corruption and deceit, and today honesty and decency and belief in nation I think now is going to win.

We will have done it without having to fight, without a single bullet having been fired.

I hope this victory brings down this failed projects and brings us to a Europe of sovereign nation states trading together.

Let June the 23rd go down in our history as our independence day.

Last updated 2:00 am ET

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  1. Chuck Enfield Coolidge

    Perhaps there’s hope for Europe yet.

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    • June 23, 2016, at 8:46 PM PDT
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  2. Mate De Inactive

    Don’t get too enthusiastic,, if the leave folks are anything like democrats they may find the votes they need in the trunk of a car or something.

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    • June 23, 2016, at 8:46 PM PDT
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  3. Austin Murrey Inactive

    God Save the Queen.

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    • June 23, 2016, at 8:46 PM PDT
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  4. Karen Humiston Member

    Wow! Good for the Brits! I know there are strong arguments for both sides, but I can’t imagine turning over our sovereignty to a bunch of foreign bureaucrats. Glad the British have rediscovered their spines and their self-respect.

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    • June 23, 2016, at 8:48 PM PDT
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  5. Z in MT Inactive

    This is huge. It means there is some fight in Great Britain yet. Boris will be prime minister in less than a year.

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    • June 23, 2016, at 8:49 PM PDT
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  6. Cyrano Inactive

    This has implications for November. The turnout models are suspect.

    • #6
    • June 23, 2016, at 8:49 PM PDT
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  7. A-Squared Inactive

    I’m pretty excited.

    • #7
    • June 23, 2016, at 8:50 PM PDT
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  8. Profile Photo Member

    This song popped into my head for some reason:

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    • June 23, 2016, at 8:51 PM PDT
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  9. Chuck Enfield Coolidge

    Mate De:Don’t get too enthusiastic,, if the leave folks are anything like democrats they may find the votes they need in the trunk of a car or something.

    I have my doubts about that, but I wouldn’t be surprised the Cameron finds some hairsplitting legal justification to invalidate the referendum and the courts back him up. Hell, given that it’s the EU, The bureaucrats in Brussels probably have standing to challenge the referendum. I have serious doubts that the vote will be the end of it, but that the voters chose to leave is cause for optimism nonetheless.

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    • June 23, 2016, at 8:52 PM PDT
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  10. Joseph Stanko Member

    The polls were trending toward Leave up until the murder of MP Jo Cox, after that the polls shifted back toward Remain.

    Here’s my theory: no one actually changed their mind because of this outrage, but when pollsters called some voters felt the PC response was to say they were for Remain now because they didn’t want to be associated with that sort of racist violence and yada yada. Then they went to the polls and voted Leave, as they had intended to all along.

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    • June 23, 2016, at 8:53 PM PDT
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  11. ToryWarWriter Thatcher

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    • June 23, 2016, at 8:54 PM PDT
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  12. Lizzie in IL Inactive

    Hurrah! Sovereignty Rules. I’m thrilled with this outcome.

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    • June 23, 2016, at 8:55 PM PDT
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  13. David Knights Member

    Praise be to God. There may be hope left yet.

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    • June 23, 2016, at 8:55 PM PDT
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  14. Lazy_Millennial Member

    BritainAmerica BritainBoris BritainFarage BritainIndependence

    • #14
    • June 23, 2016, at 8:55 PM PDT
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  15. Chuck Enfield Coolidge

    Lazy_Millennial: BritainBoris

    What’s with the picture of Gary Busey?

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    • June 23, 2016, at 8:57 PM PDT
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  16. Joseph Stanko Member

    Chuck Enfield: I have my doubts about that, but I wouldn’t be surprised the Cameron finds some hairsplitting legal justification to invalidate the referendum and the courts back him up. Hell, given that it’s the EU, The bureaucrats in Brussels probably have standing to challenge the referendum. I have serious doubts that the vote will be the end of it, but that the voters chose to leave is cause for optimism nonetheless.

    Not sure he needs to, I’ve heard that all the referendum legally binds the government to do is negotiate terms of exit from the EU and put them to a vote of Parliament. If the EU doesn’t want the UK to leave, what incentive do they have to offer good terms? If Parliament votes down the resulting treaty, what happens next?

    Grab some popcorn, I think the saga has just begun.

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    • June 23, 2016, at 8:57 PM PDT
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  17. Douglas Inactive

    Mate De:Don’t get too enthusiastic,, if the leave folks are anything like democrats they may find the votes they need in the trunk of a car or something.

    *Eurocrats come walking with a box* “Hey, look what we found over here….”

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    • June 23, 2016, at 8:58 PM PDT
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  18. Saje Member

    So happy about this! More than I probably should be as an American, but I blame Jane Austen for that ?Hail, Britannia!

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    • June 23, 2016, at 9:02 PM PDT
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  19. James Gawron Thatcher

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    • June 23, 2016, at 9:02 PM PDT
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  20. Hypatia Inactive

    I can’t believe it! I know I’m going to lose lotsa $$$ tomorrow, but I can’t help being happy! National sovereignty! Self-determination!

    I’m afraid I’ll wake up tomorrow and it won’t be true…

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    • June 23, 2016, at 9:03 PM PDT
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  21. GiveMeLiberty Member

    Another huge rebuke for Barry. Rightly so too, in my opinion.

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    • June 23, 2016, at 9:05 PM PDT
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  22. Chuck Enfield Coolidge

    Joseph Stanko: I’ve heard that all the referendum legally binds the government to do is negotiate terms of exit from the EU and put them to a vote of Parliament. If the EU doesn’t want the UK to leave, what incentive do they have to offer good terms? If Parliament votes down the resulting treaty, what happens next?

    I wasn’t aware of that. In that case my bet is that they spend the next 30 years negotiating terms and the vote never even happens. Of course, if Cameron does, in fact, step aside in favor of a Brexit proponent, I’ll be much more optimistic.

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    • June 23, 2016, at 9:05 PM PDT
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  23. Metalheaddoc Member

    Mate De:Don’t get too enthusiastic,, if the leave folks are anything like democrats they may find the votes they need in the trunk of a car or something.

    I was gonna say. Close enough for shenanigans. Mysterious missing absentee ballots suddenly found? A bunch of Leave votes have to be discounted because of ‘irregularities’? A bunch of guys who died in WW1 cast Remain votes? Where is Hanging Chad?

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    • June 23, 2016, at 9:10 PM PDT
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  24. Trink Coolidge

    Our son in a celebratory mood :)

    Screen Shot 2016-06-24 at 12.12.40 AM

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    • June 23, 2016, at 9:10 PM PDT
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  25. Leigh Member

    Chuck Enfield:

    Joseph Stanko: I’ve heard that all the referendum legally binds the government to do is negotiate terms of exit from the EU and put them to a vote of Parliament. If the EU doesn’t want the UK to leave, what incentive do they have to offer good terms? If Parliament votes down the resulting treaty, what happens next?

    I wasn’t aware of that. In that case my bet is that they spend the next 30 years negotiating terms and the vote never even happens. Of course, if Cameron does, in fact, step aside in favor of a Brexit proponent, I’ll be much more optimistic.

    Cameron won’t and can’t pull any such trick. Might be how Brussels works, but not the Conservative Party. The next Tory leader will be a Brexit backer, whether Cameron is outnow or later.

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    • June 23, 2016, at 9:12 PM PDT
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  26. EJHill Podcaster

    Time to break out an old favorite.

    Rule-Thatcherannia_large

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    • June 23, 2016, at 9:14 PM PDT
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  27. James Gawron Thatcher

    Trink:Our son in a celebratory mood :)

    Screen Shot 2016-06-24 at 12.12.40 AM

    Trink,

    Let the celebration begin!

    Regards,

    Jim

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    • June 23, 2016, at 9:14 PM PDT
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  28. Leigh Member

    To slightly paraphrase Margaret Thatcher: Yes, yes, yes!

    It’s past my bed time. I so wasn’t going to stay up for these results..

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    • June 23, 2016, at 9:16 PM PDT
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  29. Chuck Enfield Coolidge

    Leigh:

    I wasn’t aware of that. In that case my bet is that they spend the next 30 years negotiating terms and the vote never even happens. Of course, if Cameron does, in fact, step aside in favor of a Brexit proponent, I’ll be much more optimistic.

    Cameron won’t and can’t pull any such trick. Might be how Brussels works, but not the Conservative Party. The next Tory leader will be a Brexit backer, whether Cameron is outnow or later.

    That’s good news, but, honestly, my skepticism is based on the kind of BS that happens here, not in Brussels.

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    • June 23, 2016, at 9:18 PM PDT
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  30. Annefy Member

    Z in MT:This is huge. It means there is some fight in Great Britain yet. Boris will be prime minister in less than a year.

    From your lips to God’s ears.

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    • June 23, 2016, at 9:19 PM PDT
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