How Twitter Reacted to the #Brexit Vote

EU Referendum Brexit Results Remain Leave Bloomberg
Credit: Bloomberg

Today, the United Kingdom voted to leave the EU in a national referendum known as the Brexit (portmanteau of British and exit) vote. The decision to leave was close: 51.9% (leave) and 48.1% (remain). Costing Naturally, Twitter reacted to the outcome in three ways:

[Note: You can see votes by region at Bloomberg and David Cameron’s resignation speech]
  1. Sensationalism: Children of Men (2 embedded tweets)
The 2006 movie is quite good and captures the tensions we have seen in European and American politics over the last 10 years. (Children of Men trailer)
2. Pleading: Lindsay Lohan
 Lohan, who is working on her first music album in several years, pleaded with the UK to remain:
3. The voice of calm: Mark Carney
Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England (think head of U.S. Treasury), emphasized the amount of planning around this scenario before this vote. Accordingly, the Irish-Canandian said:
“The capital requirements of our largest banks are now ten times higher than before he financial crisis and the Bank of England has tested those banks against scenarios far more severe than the ones our country currently faces. As a result of these actions, UK banks have raise over £130 billion of new capital and now have more than £600 billion of high quality liquid assets.
So why does this matter? Well, that substantial capital and huge liquidity gives banks the flexibility they need to continue to lend to UK businesses and households even during challenging times.”
You can watch his full remarks on the BBC below:
How did the UK vote?
The vote divided the British electorate nearly in half. Northerners voted nearly unanimously to stay whereas southerners opted to leave the European experiment.
Brexit Votes, by region
EU Referendum Brexit Voting Results by Region Bloomberg.png
Credit: Bloomberg
British Pound to U.S. Dollar exchange
Pound versus Dollar exchange after Brexit Results Bloomberg.png
Credit: Bloomberg

What happens next? Here is the BBC’s take:

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