At around 5:20am this morning the result of the EU Referendum was declared as the United Kingdom had voted to leave the EU.
52% of the entire United Kingdom voted to leave the EU. A majority of approximately 1.3 Million people.
I am certainly not a political correspondent, there is a lot of information available on this subject across the Internet with much more insight than I have. However here are some facts.
62% of Scotland voted to remain.
55% of Northern Ireland voted to remain.
England and Wales had a leave majority.
David Cameron resigned as Prime Minister.
The FTSE100 opened down almost 10%.
The £ lost 10% overnight.
Scotland now want a 2nd independence referendum.
Northern Ireland nationalist politicians want a border poll.
Labour call for leader Jeremy Corbyn to resign.
What is sure now is that history has been made and our elected representatives have a huge amount of work ahead of them to ensure the progression of the United Kingdom for the benefit of all citizens.
A chaotic night. A completely unexpected result. The bookmakers had a leave vote at 7/1 last night which subsequently fell to 1/250 !
I have two questions in my head though.
Firstly, this was a democratic vote. The majority have spoken, regardless of personal opinion surely that’s what democracy is?
Surely then Scotland and Northern Ireland politicians saying they want out goes against the democratic process. It screams of ‘democracy – only if we get our way!’
Secondly every one is saying this is a decisive vote. Is it though? 52 % v 48%. 17 million v 16 million. To me that is not decisive. But it is democratic. See point one.
Finally after seeing this morning’s developments is there an aura of regret? If not regret absolute worry.
The battle cry of the Leave Camp this morning was :
’23rd June 2016 The United Kingdom’s Independence Day.’
Could it be more of ‘Judgement Day?’