Results of the Referendum
Yesterday, June 23, the United Kingdom [UK] held a general vote on whether they should stay in the European Union [EU]. The results in London were close, 51.9% to 48.1%, but they showed the that the voting population was in favor of leaving the EU.
This referendum on British membership in the EU has been nicknamed “Brexit” and was originally promised by the Prime Minister, David Cameron, in his campaign for reelection. Cameron had actively encouraged people to vote in favor of continuing the United Kingdom’s membership in the European Union, and made his own vote in favor of doing so public.
“I was absolutely clear about my belief that Britain is stronger, safer, and better off inside the European Union,” Cameron said in a public announcement outside of 10 Downing Street.
However, despite Cameron’s initiation of the referendum, the results in favor to leave the EU have led to Cameron’s announcement that he is resigning as Prime Minister.
“The British people have made a very clear decision to take a different path, and as such, I think the country requires fresh leadership to take it in this direction,” Cameron said. “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 my to try to be the captain that steers this country to its next destination.”
Cameron is not planning on leaving immediately, and does not have an exact date that he will take his leave, but he has announced that his estimate is sometime this year, likely by the Conservative Party Conference in October.
While London has voted to leave the EU, Scotland and Ireland voted to stay. The Scottish First Minister is determined to remain a member in the European Union, and while a second referendum on this issue is not likely, Scotland is strongly considering a second referendum on continuing their membership in the UK.