Britain votes to leave EU

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Cameron and Osborne to blame

The prime minister thought he could win a vote aimed at settling a Tory feud, writes Nick Clegg

From the blogs

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 24: A vote LEAVE supporter takes a photo of Parliament from outside Vote Leave HQ, Westminster Tower on June 24, 2016 in London, England. The United Kingdom has gone to the polls to decide whether or not the country wishes to remain within the European Union. After a hard fought campaign from both REMAIN and LEAVE the vote is awaiting a final declaration and the United Kingdom is projected to have voted to LEAVE the European Union. (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images) ©Getty
Brexit will rightly be taken as a signal that the political support for global integration is at best waning and at worst collapsing
– Larry Summers
There was no framework for Leave to have direct knock-on effects. So now is a period of waiting, where the various actors involved face off and try ever so hard not to blink.
– David Allen Green

Tearing down the political temple

Britain will be poorer at home and diminished internationally. It marks a retreat from the world

Leaving will reconfigure the UK economy

Britain has prospered inside the EU but it will not do as well outside

UK voters may soon come to miss Cameron

He must prepare to be remembered for presiding over the end of 43 years in the European project

Time to seize this golden chance

Britain’s exit presents an opportunity, with no objections from London, writes Daniela Schwarzer

Reasons to rejoice about the breach

A flaw in the Thatcherite programme meant a democratic accident was inevitable, writes Iain Martin

Americans, learn from Britain’s blunder

UK is sleepwalking towards a populist future it does not truly want, writes Sarah Churchwell

FT Editorial

Outers feel left behind

To lower-middle-class England the EU’s benefits seem to go to others, writes David Goodhart

Leave vote deals blow to international order

The repercussions in Europe will be incalculable, writes Tony Barber

Political losses from Brexit will be deep

Decision to hold referendum will go down as one of history’s great blunders, writes Richard Haass

Brexit spells disaster for France

Hollande’s room for manoeuvre in Europe will now be limited, writes François Heisbourg

Labour leaders’ failings led to EU defeat

Inability to hear voters’ immigration concerns set UK on path to Out vote, writes John McTernan

Leave vote spooks UK-based businesses

Business leaders must adjust quickly to tough new reality, writes Sarah Gordon

Britain left EU long before the exit vote

I am torn between fear of disintegration and hope that Brexit will force the bloc to fix its faults

British public takes revenge on City

The Leave vote is bad news for Europe’s financial system, not just London, writes Patrick Jenkins

Brexit will change everything

Vote against the EU could turn out to be a vote against the United Kingdom

Identity trumps economics

Support for Brexit came mainly from disadvantaged parts of England, writes Matthew Goodwin

How the Outers won the EU referendum

Vote leave ran the better campaign and have shaken up the establishment, writes Sebastian Payne

Brexit means a bumpy road ahead for the UK

The vote for Britain to leave the EU will have grave consequences

Why currency markets were wrongfooted

If Leave triumphs, there is an elevated risk of a financial accident, writes John Authers



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