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Published: Friday, June 24, 2016 @ 8:22 AM
Updated: Friday, June 24, 2016 @ 9:25 AM
After months of contentious debate, Britain voted Thursday to leave the European Union in a historic referendum dubbed "Brexit." Here are some things to know:
Vote closely divided
The vote was a close one, according to results from the BBC. Of the 33.5 million ballots cast, only 1 million votes separated the two sides.
With voter turnout around 72 percent, 52 percent of Britons voted against staying in the EU. However, a majority of voters in Scotland, Northern Ireland and England's cities voted against leaving the 28-member union.
Prime Minister David Cameron resigns
Cameron, who led the campaign to keep the United Kingdom in the EU, announced his plans to step down as prime minister in the wake of Thursday's vote.
"I will do everything I can as prime minister to steady the ship over the coming weeks and months, but I do not think it would be right for me to try to be the captain that steers the country to its next destination," he said Friday in a speech outside his Downing Street office.
"We should aim to have a new prime minister in place by the start of the Conservative Party conference in October," he said.
Cameron became prime minister in 2010.
Pound plunges, global markets tumble
Financial markets took a dive after news of Britain's exit from the EU broke. At its lowest point, the British pound fell by 15 cents to $1.33 against the dollar – its lowest level since 1985, according to The Guardian.
"This is the biggest one-day plunge ever," the newspaper reported. "It even dwarfs the sterling crash on Black Wednesday in 1992, when Britain left the ERM (European Exchange Rate Mechanism)."
Financial markets plummeted in the aftermath. Japan's Nikkei index closed down 8 percent.
"The Nikkei's drop was its steepest since March 2011, when threats of a nuclear catastrophe following a powerful earthquake and tsunami had sent financial markets reeling," Reuters reported.
The FTSE 100 index fell 8 percent after opening in London, according to the BBC.
To leave the EU, Britain will have to invoke Article 50 of the 2009 Lisbon Treaty, which sets out the process for leaving. Cameron said Friday that he would leave that task to his successor.
Once Article 50 is triggered, negotiations for Britain's exit will begin. The negotiations are expected to take no more than two years.
Technically, the vote could be ignored altogether, although Cameron emphasized the need to take the referendum's results seriously.
"The will of the British people is an instruction that must be delivered," he said. "It was not a decision that was taken lightly, not least because so many things were said by so many different organizations about the significance of this decision. So there can be no doubt about the result."
Social media erupts with supporters, naysayers
Britons took to social media to express frustration and joy over the results of Thursday's vote. World leaders and pundits also weighed in on the historic vote.
Published: Thursday, December 21, 2017 @ 12:21 PM
UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. General Assembly voted in favor Thursday of a resolution that implicitly condemned President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, despite the president's threats to cut funding to countries that oppose his decision.
BREAKING: UN General Assembly votes 128-9 to declare US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital `null and void'— The Associated Press (@AP) December 21, 2017
Published: Tuesday, September 26, 2017 @ 3:58 PM
— North Korean officials are reaching out to Republican-linked analysts in an attempt to better understand President Donald Trump, according to a report published Tuesday by The Washington Post.
The effort began before Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jung Un started trading fiery rhetoric in the wake of the Hermit Kingdom’s repeated missile tests, the Post reported.
“Their number one concern is Trump,” a source, who was not identified, told the newspaper. “They can’t figure him out.”
Exclusive: North Korea has approached Republicans for help in trying to figure out Trump https://t.co/1CRIJbm8yx— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) September 26, 2017
The Post reported that at least seven invitations have been extended to Washington-based analysts, including Douglas Paal, an expert on Asia who served on the National Security Council under presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.
Paal, who is currently vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, told the Post that he declined North Korea’s request to arrange talks between its officials and “American experts with Republican ties.”
“The North Koreans are clearly eager to deliver a message,” Paal said, adding that North Korean officials wanted the meeting to take place in a neutral location, such as Switzerland. “But I think they’re only interested in getting out of the country for a bit.”
Published: Saturday, August 05, 2017 @ 8:40 AM
MOSCOW — Russian president Vladimir Putin took a short vacation to begin August, heading to Tuva in southern Siberia to fish, swim and catch some rays.
In images and footage released by Russian state television, Putin and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu can be seen enjoying the outdoors, The Associated Press reports. Putin is seen swimming and fishing, including spending two hours hunting a pike while spearfishing.
Most of the images of Putin feature him bare-chested, except for the photos where Putin dons a wetsuit.
Putin on style! Russian president poses on holiday for action shots while diving and fishing without a shirt https://t.co/ETgUctoznh— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) August 5, 2017
Putin is known for his love of adventure and the outdoors, and has taken active vacations since becoming Russia's president, The Associated Press reports.
Published: Tuesday, May 30, 2017 @ 1:09 AM