The United Kingdom has chosen to leave the European Union (EU) after more than 51 percent of Britons voted to leave the 28-member bloc in a historic referendum on June 23. With all of Thursday votes counted, some 51.90 percent of voters opted to leave the EU, while roughly 48.10 percent of people voted to stay in the union.
Just over 17.4 million Britons said the country should leave the bloc, as 16.14 million others favored remaining in the EU. London and Scotland voted strongly to stay in the EU but voters in Wales and the English shires have backed Brexit in large numbers.
Supporters of the ‘Leave’ vote are already jubilant as results show a lead for them. UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage was among the first to assume a celebratory tone, saying the country was taking its independence back.