Europe is all about speculating about the result of recent referendum and its possible impact on economic and political situation. An exciting night when Remain campaigners were quite sure of their success ended with victory of Brexit supporters – the victory that became obvious after the results from Newcastle and Sunderland had leaked out.
Unexpected results came from Swansea that finally voted for Brexit. Votes in Wales began to show a trend towards a surprise Leave vote, particularly in deprived communities, however Scotland supported staying in the Union.
According to the Telegraph, Leave passed the finishing post and secured 52% of the vote just after 6am, as it became clear that nothing could swing the vote back in favor of the Remain campaign.
After the results had been announced, David Cameron addressed the nation in an emotional speech and revealed his intention to resign. Now statements from Sinn Fein and the SNP are expected calling for a breakaway from the Union.
Michael Gove, a British Conservative politician and Member of Parliament, expressed his gratitude to Cameron and praised the Prime Minister and his “grace” as a leader. He stated that a “gradual divergence” of the UK from the rest of the EU is expected and calls for great minds “outside of politics” to help make the changes needed to leave. He sounded rather positive but careful about the exit of the UK. “We have always been an open, inclusive, tolerant and generous nation. Now we have a new chance to extend that openness even further, we can build a new stronger and more positive relationship with our European neighbours based on free trade and cooperation”, he said.
Boris Johnson, a Member of Parliament for Uxbridge and South Ruislip, gave press conference alongside Vote Leave campaigner Michael Gove. He paid a tribute of respect to David Cameron, saying that he is “sad” at the news but respects the decision. “He has been one of the most extraordinary politicians of our age, a brave and principled man”, he said.
Mr Johnson underlined his disagreement with people who think that asking British people to decide on the development of the country was wrong. “In the end this question is about the people… it is about the very principles of our democracy”, he said. “I think the electorate have searched in their hearts and answered as honestly as they can. They have decided that it is time to vote to take back control from the EU that has become too remote, too opaque and not accountable enough to the people it is meant to serve”.
Mr Johnson assured British people that they are not going to pull up the drawbridge: “We cannot turn our backs on Europe, we are part of Europe. Our children will continue to travel, learn the language and interact with those on the continent and will continue to be a great European power”.
Both Mr Gove and Mr Johnson are now possible replacements for David Cameron. However, they didn’t answer any questions about their leadership ambitions.
The decision of the Britain at the referendum couldn’t but influenced financial markets. Bitcoin price continued growing approaching the line of $700. Experts explain that the fact that the UK exits the EU arouses uncertainty on global financial markets, which in its turn makes traders to explore alternative investments.