Britain voted on a referendum to either leave the European Union of nations or remain part of the network. The conventional wisdom was that England would never vote to leave, yet that's exactly what happened yesterday, sending shockwaves around the world as the pound sterling decreased in value overnight, and markets responded to the new uncertainty by falling around the globe.
Perhaps the most disturbing part of the Brexit were those who admitted on the news that they though their "protest votes" to leave wouldn't matter, that London would vote to remain and that would save the empire - or something like that. In effect, the voters sounded ignorant and regretful that their votes mattered.
Brexit is a cautionary tale for the world - elections have consequences.
Boris Johnson is getting to work at the Channel Tunnel already. pic.twitter.com/GHAetsqhSs— Elizabeth Windsor (@Queen_UK) June 25, 2016
Quite a lineup of British press. pic.twitter.com/O8CHfIm3FC— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) June 24, 2016
Currency traders worldwide right now. pic.twitter.com/otpOPZf9X7— David Feith (@DavidFeith) June 24, 2016
BREAKING: Moody's changes outlook on UK sovereign rating to negative from stable, affirms AA1 rating— CNBC Now (@CNBCnow) June 24, 2016
Brexiters still telling everyone to stop 'scaremongering' about economic shock; once it's actually underway, it's called 'reporting'— Gaby Hinsliff (@gabyhinsliff) June 24, 2016
BREAKING: Pres. Obama says US respects UK referendum result pic.twitter.com/XnPH67qQ8v— CNBC Now (@CNBCnow) June 24, 2016
VOTERS: we want to give a boat a ridiculous name— Boze Herrington (@SketchesbyBoze) June 24, 2016
VOTERS: we want to break up the EU and trash the world economy
Scotland will seek independence now. Cameron's legacy will be breaking up two unions. Neither needed to happen. https://t.co/4MDj7pndcq— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 24, 2016
We had a headache, so we shot our foot off. Now we can't walk, and we still have the headache.— Philip Pullman (@PhilipPullman) June 24, 2016
Spoke to 'Leave' voters who say result wasn't meant to happen. They hoped to make a point, show frustration with EU, not cause Brexit #EURef— Edward Hardy (@EdwardTHardy) June 24, 2016