The UK press has had a tumultuous 24 hours dealing with the uncertainty of the outcome of Britain’s EU referendum vote: Early polling and a rising pound last night pointed towards a certain Remain outcome – and the first editions reflected that. As it became clear throughout the early hours of the morning that Britain would be leaving the bloc however, the papers changed tact. The latest editions of those that supported Leave are a far shout from their predecessors, as you can see below:
The first edition of The Sun seemed to concede defeat somewhat, although through the words of UKIP leader and Leave campaigner Nigel Farage. It’s focus ‘BREX MAD’ was on the bedlam at voting stations yesterday: #pencilgate and flooding were the talk of the day. No mention of any results yet, despite the Remain leaning YouGov polls being widely reported.
The later 6AM edition, emblazoned with ‘SEE EU LATER’, had a more victorious tone, as over 90% of boroughs had been counted and a Leave victory was as good as certain. The Sun is usually a good indication of how a vote is going to go – since 1979 it has backed every election winner, and they were right again this time.
Onto the Independent, which although no longer printed, is still available in newspaper format online. The paper is a good example of the changing sentiment that occurred throughout the night, and the transgression from the YouGov poll to counted votes.
The first paper shows a happy father and his children wearing ‘Stronger In’ T-shirts, and goes as far as saying Remain was ‘in the lead’ – despite their being no results.
The 3AM edition started to concede that the Leave camp were edging ahead – or ‘toasting strong early results’ as they put it.
By the morning edition however, it was clear Leave had won the campaign, and that Britain would be leaving the EU, and their final edition clarifies this with a quote from Farage’s victory speech.
independent</a> front page <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/tomorrowspaperstoday?src=hash">#tomorrowspaperstoday</a> To subscribe to the daily edition: <a href="https://t.co/XF8VnDpHYF">https://t.co/XF8VnDpHYF</a> <a href="https://t.co/ngNmr9vGfz">pic.twitter.com/ngNmr9vGfz</a></p>— The Independent (Independent) June 24, 2016
independent</a> front page <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/tomorrowspaperstoday?src=hash">#tomorrowspaperstoday</a> To subscribe to the daily edition: <a href="https://t.co/XF8VnDHiQd">https://t.co/XF8VnDHiQd</a> <a href="https://t.co/NILBHFipwu">pic.twitter.com/NILBHFipwu</a></p>— The Independent (Independent) June 24, 2016
- a free paper given away at train stations – is another paper that displays the speed at which the consensus went from Remain to Leave.
None displays the changing sentiment better than the Mirror, whose confident first edition talks of the reunification process following the assumed Remain victory.
bbcnews</a> :Friday's Daily Mirror front page:<br>Project Reunite<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/tomorrowspaperstoday?src=hash">#tomorrowspaperstoday</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/bbcpapers?src=hash">#bbcpapers</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/EUref?src=hash">#EUref</a> <a href="https://t.co/uxfNVd7Z66">pic.twitter.com/uxfNVd7Z66</a></p>— noticias venezuela (notiven) June 23, 2016
Only a few hours later though, this bold image, emblazoned with WE’RE OUT replaced the assumptive first edition.
The Times, unlike others who had deleted images of their first and second editions from their twitter feeds, provided this handy video to show the evolution from Remain to Leave