2016 The Year in Review

Britain Embraces Brexit, Votes to Leave the European Union

A taxi driver holds a Union flag, as he celebrates following the result of the EU referendum, in central London
Farewell to all that? Source: Reuters

On June 23, Britons shocked their experts and the world by voting to leave the European Union, setting off an existential crisis for the 28-nation Brussels-based bloc that is still playing itself out. Prime Minister David Cameron immediately resigned, and was replaced by a relative unknown, Theresa May, who is promising to deliver a good divorce deal for Britain. But Angela Merkel and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker have no interest in giving Britain what it wants, and difficult negotiations are in the offing.

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