Britain has voted to leave the European Union. The decision is expected to have deep and long term impacts on both the United Kingdom and the European Union.
In a referendum held on Thursday 33,577,342 people cast their vote, and of these 17,410,742 voted to leave, whilst 16,141,241 voted to remain.
The decision is a serious blow to Prime Minister David Cameron who actively campaigned in favour of remain despite strong support for leave within his ruling Conservative Party. All the leaderships of the other UK Political parties, except UKIP, also supported the remain vote. Despite this a large number of voters defied the advice of their political leaders amid concerns on immigration and economic decline.
Political observers consider the British decision as one of the momentous events in post World War 2 European history, and opens a period of uncertainty for both the UK and the rest of Europe.