Whatever side of the fence you find yourself on, the British vote to leave the EU has inspired concern—and in some cases, regret—among not only citizens but international observers.
1One man's epic rant against leaving the EU goes viral on Facebook
Before all the votes were counted, one man's epic Facebook rant about the possibility of Britain leaving the EU went viral. Why? You tell us—we'll just leave this here:
Friday's going to be amazing! I'm going to wake up in my Union Jack jim-jams to the sound of a squadron of Spitfires racing overhead and leaving a trail of hot buttered crumpets behind them.
I'll run to the corner shop past all the British children who are laughing and squealing with excitement as they make a beautiful statue of the queen out of happy wriggling bulldog puppies—with two corgis for her eyebrows!
Bunting flutters everywhere and the man from the betting shop steps into the street: "Guess what! England just won the World Cup and The Ashes and The Grand National and here's the best bit—Boris put a bet on it for everyone! You're all MILLIONAIRES!!!"
The Red Arrows fly overhead dropping fish and chips as I walk into the corner shop, get my morning paper and go to the counter. "How much please?" I say to the Asian lad there. "One pence, everything in the whole shop now costs just 1p!" He laughs. "Leave it on the counter, I'm off back to Pakistan— we all are!"
And he's right! Outside in the streets jolly old Nigel Farage is leading a huge crowd of happy foreigners—Turks, Poles, Romanians, Syrians—there's even a few English people with heavy suntans mixed up in there! Nigel's playing Rule Britannia on a long pipe, rather like the pipe that takes the gas into your oven, and they're all following and smiling and talking foreign, bless them!
Just then Boris flies overhead in a concorde made of Bank of England gold—"Don't worry!" he laughs. "I've cut out all the bits the French made!" and with that he crashes into the ground at 1200 miles an hour, along with the economy, the country and all the dozy nostalgic foreigner-fearing
f--kwits who fell for his bulls--t.
Grow up. Wake up.
2Searches for "what happens if we leave the EU" more than triple AFTER the vote
Oh, boy—know what you're voting for, people.
Confusion over what Brexit might mean for the economy appears to have been reflected across the UK AFTER votes were cast. Google reported sharp upticks in searches not only relating to the ballot measure but also to basic questions concerning the implications of the vote. About eight hours after the polls closed, Google reported that searches for "what happens if we leave the EU" had more than tripled. Britons were not only mystified by what would happen if they left the EU, but many also seemed not even to know what the European Union is.
3The prime minister who gambled, lost and later resigned
The man who brought the referendum to the table in the first place, British Prime Minister David Cameron, led the campaign for Britain to remain in the EU. After the results had been announced, he gave his resignation from the position he's held for the last six years, saying: "I fought this campaign in the only way I know how, which is to say directly and passionately what I think and feel—head, heart, and soul. I held nothing back. I will do everything I can as Prime Minister to steady the ship over the coming weeks and months. But I do not think it would be right for me to try to be the captain that steers our country to its next destination."
4The U.S. presidential candidate whose Brexit tweet got some amazing responses
The day after the vote, presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump tweeted something truly stupid regarding Britain's decision to leave the EU:
Just arrived in Scotland. Place is going wild over the vote. They took their country back, just like we will take America back. No games!
Scotland voted 62% to 38% to remain in the EU, and Trump was "corrected" by the Twitter masses:
@realDonaldTrump they voted IN you absolute fucking doughnut. A future leader? You couldn't lead an OAP egg and spoon race.
— Ayden Callaghan (@AydenCallaghan) June 24, 2016
@realDonaldTrump Jeez you're stupid you sentient enema.
— Lachlan Buchanan (@lachlanbuchanan) June 24, 2016
@realDonaldTrump This is fun! Scotland voted to remain you munchkin handed Creamsicle.
— Dan Jackson (@MANIFESTphoto)
— Niyati (@NiyatiAstronaut) June 25, 2016
@realDonaldTrump Are you purposely trying to lose? Or are you seriously this stupid?
— Shelly (@Shelly7934222) June 25, 2016
@realDonaldTrump Delete Your Golf Course
— ernest lamonica (@ErnestLamonica) June 25, 2016
And so on...
5The UK Independence Party leader who lied to voters
ITV's Susanna Reid asked Nigel Farage, one of the major proponents of the Leave campaign, if the 350 million pounds a week that are currently sent to the EU will now be going to the National Health Service, as was claimed. Farage denied that was the case, calling the idea a "mistake."
The stunned reporter said, "That was one of the Leave campaign adverts. That money was going to the NHS. That's why people, many people, voted." Farage attempted to distance himself from the claims that the extra money would go to the health care agency, but Reid continued to grill him. “You're saying that after 17 million people have voted for leave based—I don't know how many people voted on the basis of that advert, but that was a huge part of the propaganda—you're now saying that's a mistake?”
Farage ignored Reid's next question as to if there would be anything else those who voted for the Leave campaign would find out was erroneously promised to them. He said only that Britain was "back to being a normal country, in charge of our own laws and able to start making our own relationships with the rest of the world, (and) maybe even re-engaging with the Commonwealth."
Watch the tense exchange below:
6The voter who was surprised to find out his vote mattered
Surprise! Your votes DO matter. Watch as a befuddled British voter named Adam tells the BBC that he is “a bit shocked, to be honest” that he voted to leave the EU, and now Britain has done gone and left the EU. He also says he's "quite worried" about the outcome. Watch below:
7The anti-Brexit protests that broke out after the historic vote
Thousands of people have taken to the streets across the UK to demonstrate against Brexit.
Protesters waved EU flags and banners saying "Yes 2 EU" and "So long Great Britain" following the historic vote in London, Glasgow, and Edinburgh, angry at the result of the EU referendum, which the "Leave" campaign won by 51.9%.
A petition for a second referendum has reached two million signatures and counting online. However, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has rejected calls for a second vote, saying, "The referendum has taken place, (and) a decision has been made. I think we have got to accept that decision and work out our relationship with Europe in the future."
8THE U.S. secessionists who are inspired by Brexit
After the United Kingdom voted to leave the EU, a group of Texans are pushing for a Texas exit—in other words, a "Texit." That's right—some in the Lone Star State wish to break free from the U.S. and its federal government.
The Texas Nationalist Movement claims to have a 260,000-signee strong petition and is urging the state to hold a Brexit-style referendum over the possibility of Texas seceding from the rest of the country. The movement insists its goal is to have Texas run purely by Texans, and some anti-union rebels have called for a break if Donald Trump loses the election in November.