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Brexit: The Morning After

The British people have voted to leave the European Union. David Cameron resigned as prime minister earlier today, and Boris Johnson (member of Parliament, former mayor of London) is being floated as a favorite to replace him. A second referendum on Scottish independence appears to be in the offing. In May, Sinn Féin said that it would call for a vote on Irish re-unification should Brexit go through, and, today, Martin McGuinness, Northern Ireland’s deputy first minister, made good on that promise. By dawn in London, the pound had fallen to its lowest point since 1985.

When the results began to turn toward “leave,” United Kingdom Independence Party leader Nigel Farage tweeted: “We got our country back.” One of the greatest colonizing forces the world has ever known is free—free!—at last.