Britain is heading for the Brexit.
Voters in the UK backed leaving the European Union by a majority of more than a million tonight.
A result that will change Britain’s place in the world, and send shockwaves across Europe and be felt around the globe including in Canada.
UK Independence Party leader and Leave campaigner Nigel Farage said “dawn is breaking over an independent UK”
and “I want to say a massive, massive thanks to every single voter today who had the guts to defy their political party leaders; to defy the establishment; to defy the elites and defy the big boys.”
The Leave side garnered more than 17 million votes, or 51.8% of the ballots cast.
The Remain campaign, who pollsters believed would squeak out a narrow victory, wound up with 16 million votes or 48.2% of the total.
Turnout is estimated at just over 70%.
UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said voters had “spoken clearly” and the Government’s job is to “get on with that decision.”
The result created turmoil on world markets with the Pound slumping to its lowest level against the U.S. dollar since 1985.
So what’s next? Nothing immediate, It will all depend on negotiations between Britain and the EU that could take years.
Still, the political fallout could be widespread, already some experts are saying another independence referendum in Scotland, where a majority chose to stay in the EU, will be one result of the Brexit vote.
“If Scotland cannot be coerced into leaving the E-U against its will, you cannot, in all decency, deny them a second referendum,” Columbia University professor Simon Schama told CNN.
“If all the levers are about self-government, taking back control, why shouldn’t the Scots take back control? Bye-bye Great Britain, bye-bye the United Kingdom. That will absolutely happen.”
British voters made history tonight and, both in the short and long term, there promises to be a lot more drama to come.