The 24th June will be a historic day as Britain is set for Brexit with over 51.5 per% voting to leave
‘June 23rd will be known as Britain’s Independence Day!’ declared Nigel Farage, Leader of UKIP. In the early hours of this morning he stated his belief that the Leave campaign was certain to be victorious in a referendum that has divided the United Kingdom. Indeed, his dawn call turned out to be correct as the results showed shortly after.
The Leave campaign currently has 51.9 per cent of the vote compared to Remain’s 48.1 per cent, meaning it is impossible for Remain to win. It also means that the United Kingdom will begin the process of leaving the European Union, born out of the European Communities organisation which Britain joined in 1975, forty-one years ago, after another hard-fought contest.
This referendum too, as in 1975, has been fought fiercely ever since David Cameron crumbled to pressure from a resurgent UKIP in last year’s general election and went forward on his manifesto promise to hold a referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union. It is this referendum, and Cameron’s failure to win it, that will define his political career. He has failed to deliver on a victory that he believed, until a few weeks ago, was almost certainly assured. The polls said it would be close all the way until ten in the evening last night, when voting closed and the exit polls predicted a slim victory for the Remain campaign.
This was not to be, the combination of a strong Leave showing in Wales, East Anglia and the North East was enough to swing the tide in favour of the Leave campaign. Adding further damage to the Remain campaign’s chances, was the fact that Leave made more progress in Remain strongholds than Remain did in Leave strongholds. The combination of both these factors significantly aided Leave — a side which Nigel Farage has been supporting for over twenty-five years. It is the politician’s greatest moment in his career, finally getting one up on a European Union that he so despises.
What next then for Britain? Certainly financial stability is in question as the pound crashes in every market to lows not seen since the recession of 2008, and Black Wednesday of 1985. Is it an ill sign of events to come, or merely part of a storm that we as a country must brave before we find out in the months and years ahead if what we decided on June 23rd, was right?