Global shock as Britain votes to leave EU

Leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), Nigel Farage reacts outside the Leave.EU referendum party in London as results indicate a likely UK exit from the EUBritain voted to leave the European Union Friday, defying warnings of economic disaster and isolation to deal a thunderous blow to the 60-year-old bloc that sent world markets plunging. Investors scrambled to sell the pound, oil and stocks as a divided Britain took a lurch into the unknown, becoming the first country to quit in the EU’s history, a culmination of decades of suspicion over Europe. The shock vote also threatened the unity of the United Kingdom, with Scotland unwilling to follow the rest of the country out of the EU.

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