Britain votes to leave the EU


June 24, 2016
Nigel Farage, the leader of the UK Independence Party, celebrates as Britons yesterday voted to leave the European Union.

The majority of Britons have voted to leave the 28-nation European Union in a historic referendum.

U.K. Independence Party leader Nigel Farage said the vote is "the dawn is breaking on an independent United Kingdom!"

"If the predictions now are right, this will be a victory for real people, for ordinary people, a victory for decent people!"

The results of Britain's vote Thursday will seriously hurt the continental unity forged after World War II.

The U.K. is the first major country to decide to leave the bloc, which evolved from the ashes of war as the region's leaders sought to build links and avert future hostility.

The vote is likely to cost Prime Minister David Cameron his job after the leader of the ruling Conservative Party staked his reputation on keeping Britain in the EU.

Former London Mayor Boris Johnson was the most prominent supporter of the "leave" campaign and is now seen as a leading contender to replace Cameron.