A di­vided na­tion

Financial Mirror (Cyprus) - - FRONT PAGE -

And so the peo­ple spoke. As the re­sults trick­led in, it grad­u­ally be­came clear that the UK was head­ing to­wards Brexit. Fly­ing in the face of the ma­jor­ity of ex­perts and aca­demics, the pub­lic chose to leave the Euro­pean Union. To be pre­cise - 51.9% chose to leave.

For the other 48.1% and in­deed the rest of the world, the shock is still res­onat­ing. No one, on ei­ther side, knows what is go­ing to hap­pen – eco­nom­i­cally, po­lit­i­cally or so­cially. Prime Min­is­ter Cameron has re­signed, the pound has fallen to the low­est level for over 30 years, and an ini­tial 120 bil­lion pounds has been wiped off the FTSE 100. The close na­ture of the re­sult high­lights a stark split in the will of the pop­u­la­tion, not just from per­son to per­son but, per­haps more sig­nif­i­cantly, from coun­try to coun­try.

Not a sin­gle area in Scot­land voted to leave the EU with a to­tal of 62% vot­ing against the pro­posed Brexit. This has inevitably led to calls for a sec­ond ref­er­en­dum on Scot­tish in­de­pen­dence. Hav­ing nar­rowly voted against in­de­pen­dence from the UK in 2014, the First Min­is­ter of Scot­land, Ni­cola Stur­geon, has said an­other vote is ‘highly likely’. Last Thurs­day’s re­sult might not just pull the United King­dom out of the Euro­pean Union, it may well end up tear­ing this di­vided na­tion apart. (Source: Statista.com)

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