Rule, Britannia! Britannia, rule THYSELF!

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The nations not so blest as thee
Must in their turn to tyrants fall,
While thou shalt flourish great and free,
The dread and envy of them all.

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Britain Votes to Leave the European Union

By Steven Erlanger
The New York Times
Friday, June 24, 2016

LONDON -- Britain has voted to leave the European Union, a historic decision sure to reshape the nation's place in the world, rattle the Continent, and rock political establishments throughout the West.

With 309 of 382 of the country's cities and towns reporting early on Friday, the Leave campaign held a 52 percent to 48 percent lead. The BBC called the race for the Leave campaign shortly before 4:45 a.m., with 13.1 million votes having been counted in favor of leaving and 12.2 million in favor of remaining.

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The British pound plummeted as financial markets absorbed the news.

Despite opinion polls ahead of the referendum on Thursday that showed either side in a position to win, the outcome nonetheless stunned much of Britain, Europe and the trans-Atlantic alliance, highlighting the power of anti-elite, populist, and nationalist sentiment at a time of economic and cultural dislocation.

"Dare to dream that the dawn is breaking on an independent United Kingdom," Nigel Farage, the leader of the U.K. Independence Party, one of the primary forces behind the push for a referendum on leaving the European Union, told cheering supporters just after 4 a.m. ...

... For the remainder of the report:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/25/world/europe/britain-brexit-european-u...

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