Brexit: How The World Reacted To EU Referendum Results
After months of campaigning and a landmark day of voting, the results of the EU Referendum are in – the country have voted to leave the European Union.
But it seems while 51.9 per cent of voters wanted to leave, the majority of reactions have been negative. In fact, it seems as though the referendum results have unleashed national – and global – turmoil.
As Leave took the lead, world financial markets plunged as nearly complete results showed a 51.8/48.2 percent split for leaving. The vote instantly creates the biggest global financial shock since the 2008 economic crisis, Reuters reports.
Still, Leave voters are proud of their triumph:
But while some are celebrating, most social media users seem to be shaking their heads at the result:
Some pointed to the ‘unfair’ majority age that contributed to the result, which looked a little something like this:
Others called out Nigel Farage’s promise to put more money into the NHS:
But many have come to the same conclusion:
World leaders also seem to have mixed reactions to the result, BBC reports.
Dutch and French leaders, on the other hand, are excited about the result. Geert Wilders, Dutch Freedom Party leader, said that it is now time for a Dutch referendum.
Marine Le Pen, leader of the Front National in France, said: “Victory for freedom! As I have been asking for years, now we need to have the same referendum in France and in the countries of the EU.”
Martin Schulz, president of the European Parliament, said:
We respect the result. We have clarity for the UK to go its own way.
Now is the time for us to behave seriously and responsibly. David Cameron has his responsibilities for his country, we have our responsibilities for the future of the EU. You can see what is happening to sterling on the markets. I don’t want the same thing to happen to the euro.
Witold Waszczykowski, Poland’s foreign minister, said ‘Brexit is bad news for Britain and Europe’, stating: “It is a sign the EU concept needs to change.”
But whichever way the result fell, it was always going to disappoint at least 40 per cent of the country.
With the result we have, we, as a country, now have to come together and make the Leave result work.