These pictures show what happened after the UK’s stunning vote to leave the EU

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Traders from BGC in London’s Canary Wharf react as European stock markets open after Britain voted to leave the European Union.
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The UK has officially decided to leave the European Union, following a nationwide referendum on Thursday. The race was a tight one – 51.9% voted to leave the 28-nation bloc while 48.1% voted to stay.

The shocking announcement is making waves throughout the world. Global markets are in turmoil as the value of the pound plummets and European stocks face sharp declines.

Not to mention that UK Prime Minister David Cameron has announced his intention to resign, and even celebrities are expressing their disappointment.

Here are some photos from the immediate aftermath of the vote.


The news left supporters of “Remain” shocked and disappointed. These members of the “Stronger In” campaign looked particularly glum after they heard the results at the Royal Festival Hall in London.

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Those who had hoped for a “Leave” result were elated. These revelers in Sunderland were overjoyed at the news of the victory.

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Those watching the spectacle from overseas were equally surprised when the news broke. People gathered in the British-themed Churchill Tavern in Manhattan to watch the events unfold on BBC.

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Traders, like this one from global brokerage company BCG in London’s Canary Wharf financial centre, faced a chaotic day.

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The “Leave” vote has plunged global markets into uncertainty, and traders at BCG were feeling the painful effects.

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Experts are concerned that a global financial crisis will follow. This trader from BCG looks stressed.

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European leaders, like EU Council President Donald Tusk, scrambled to determine action following the surprise result of the vote. Here he is about to address the media at a conference in Brussels.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who had hoped for the UK to remain in the EU, gave a statement in Berlin after the results were announced.

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Donald Trump, speaking at his golf course in Turnberry, Scotland, praised the UK’s decision to leave the EU, calling it a “great thing.”

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Not everyone was pleased with Trump’s visit — especially not this man, who caused a disturbance by holding up golf balls painted with swastikas.

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Meanwhile, stock markets in Asia took a serious hit. This screen in Hong Kong displays the Hang Seng index after Tokyo stocks, US futures, and oil prices plunged.

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At a money exchange in Gibraltar, a British overseas territory historically claimed by Spain, a woman exchanged British pounds for Euros.

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David Cameron, who had led political efforts to remain in the EU, announced his resignation with his wife, Samantha, by his side.

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Here, Boris Johnson, London’s flamboyant former mayor and a leading proponent of the “Leave” vote, prepares to step into the fray.

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The effects of the referendum are beginning to ripple throughout the divided country. This store closing banner in London announced that “everything must go.”

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