Viewers can watch the Brexit coverage live online and see streaming video of the aftermath of Britain’s surprising decision to leave the European Union, one that has already led Prime Minister David Cameron to announce his resignation.
Voters took to the polls across the U.K. on Thursday to vote on a referendum on whether to stay in the European Union or exit, an option that had been known as Brexit. Although pollsters showed that the Remain option had surged into a lead among likely voters in the final days before the vote, the Leave voters delivered a stunning upset that will now have Britain going alone.
Those who want to watch Brexit coverage live online can find streaming video below.
It came as a surprise to followers who saw voters shift toward the idea of staying. Both polls and betting outlets, who generally have predicted votes and referendums with more accuracy than pollsters, were leaning solidly toward Remain.
The shocking vote to exit the European Union was followed by the equally shocking announcement from Cameron. The prime minister had been one of the most vocal proponents of the Remain option and spent the last week making speeches across Britain encouraging voters to remain with the European Union.
He offered his resignation early on Friday, making a speech as his wife, Samantha, looked on.
“I will do everything I can in future to help this great country succeed,” Cameron said, at times holding back tears. “I think the country requires fresh leadership. I do not think I can be the captain to take the country to its next destination.”
Those who watch Brexit coverage live online will also see the rapid worldwide responses to Britain’s decision to leave the European Union. Michael Roth, Germany’s state secretary, said the other EU nations must start formal talks with the U.K. immediately. There is a summit of EU leaders planned for Brussels next month, which Roth said would be a good time for Britain and now-outgoing Prime Minister David Cameron to start the process for a state leaving the EU.
“We must not waste time now,” Michael Roth said (via the Wall Street Journal).
“We are all of the opinion that we can’t now wait until a new government has been put into office,” he said.
Mr. Roth said next week’s summit of EU leaders in Brussels would be a good moment for the U.K.’s departing prime minister, David Cameron, to trigger Article 50 of the EU treaty, which sets out the procedure for a member state leaving the bloc.
“That would surely be a good be a good base and also a suitable forum to send the appropriate signals,” he said.
“The treaty is clear. We now have two years time…to work out an orderly process for this historically unique process,” he added. “I hope that this offer of an orderly process will also be accepted by the British government.”
The Brexit is expected to have wide-ranging effects on world economies, and on Friday, the major indexes in the United States and Asia saw sharp declines. The British pound also sank against the U.S. dollar.
There are other expected effects, including new restrictions on the film industry and more difficult for British residents looking to work and travel in the soon-to-be-former EU partner nations.
Those who want to watch Brexit coverage live online can also find streaming video from the BBC.
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