Brexit: tears for some, triumph for others

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By Sarah Chappell
Brexit: tears for some, triumph for others

The Leave camp has won Thursday’s UK referendum on EU membership: 52 percent to 48 percent.

“The British people have woken up to the knowledge that a political earthquake has taken place, with the UK voting to leave the European Union. In the words of the Vote Leave campaign the country has decided to ‘take back control’, with wide-reaching implications for British politics, the UK economy and the EU as a whole,” euronews correspondent Sarah Chappell reported from London.

In the British capital, which bucked the UK trend and voted to stay in the EU, the news was sinking in on the day after the referendum vote.

“There’s a lot to build on. Generally, I think it’s an absolutely fantastic result. I’m sure we’ll get through it. We’ve gotten on well beforehand and I don’t see why we shouldn’t now. This is what makes Britain great,” said one man.

“I think there’s going to be an apocalypse. We’re doomed,” predicted another Londoner.

Sentiments shared by another commuter in the capital, who told euronews: “Devastated, basically. Completed gutted. Not quite sure what’s going to happen, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see.”

Another man said: “This country has been going on over 2,000 years, successfully for the most part. Exiting the European Union is not going to do any damage in the long-term, maybe for the short-term as we have seen pretty much straight away with the pound against the dollar and the euro. But apart from that I am not worried. It’s just uncertainty.”