Brexit: a divided nation

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By Euronews
Brexit: a divided nation

Britain has decided to withdraw from the European Union with more than 1.2 million votes separating the two camps. According to reports, over 33 million people went to the ballot box.With a turnout of 72.2 per cent, 51.9 per cent voted to leave while 48.1 per cent voted to remain.

The result was unusually polarised, with parts of London voting by margins of three to one in favour of remaining in the EU, while other parts of England voted heavily for Brexit.

Scotland, which held its previous independence referendum in 2014, voted to Remain by 62 percent. Remain also won in Northern Ireland but fell short in Wales as the Leave campaign triumphed by 52.5%.

The vote will initiate at least two years of divorce proceedings with the EU – the first exit by any member state – and could well cast doubt on London’s future as a global financial capital.