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UK 'Brexit' means an uncertain future for Europe, global financial mess by David Banks
The Big Story#Brexit

After 43 years as one of the cornerstones of the European Union, a majority of voters in Great Britain voted yesterday to leave the 27-nation economic and political zone.

The aftermath of the vote sent global markets plunging and will likely lead to unprecedented divorce that could take decades to complete.

"The dawn is breaking on an independent United Kingdom," Nigel Farage, leader of the U.K. Independence Party, told the Associated Press. "Let June 23 go down in our history as our independence day!"

The UK would be the first major country to leave the EU, which was born from the ashes of World War II.

Global markets are feeling it.

"I am shocked" -- Britons on the streets of London react to the result of the historic "Brexit" referendum.


Early analysis of how the British electorate was split indicate older, more rural voters wanted to leave the EU and younger urban voters wanted to stay.

The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee reacts to the Brexit vote.

PM Cameron says he's not the right person to "steer this country."

Memes are already on the case.