UK votes Leave; David Cameron to resign

The UK voted to leave the EU in their referendum yesterday, and David Cameron has stated he is resigning in October:

Speaking outside 10 Downing Street, he said “fresh leadership” was needed.

The PM had urged the country to vote Remain but was defeated by 52% to 48% despite London, Scotland and Northern Ireland backing staying in.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage hailed it as the UK’s “independence day”, while Boris Johnson said the result would not mean “pulling up the drawbridge”.

Guys, if UKIP is approving of your measure, you done fucked up. The Leave campaign was viciously xenophobic and racist. What’s more, Scotland is considering leaving the UK in order to remain an EU member:

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she was “absolutely determined” to keep Scotland in the EU so a second Scottish independence referendum was now “highly likely”.

As I understand it, the Scots have felt unrepresented by UK government for decades, and Scotland did vote to Remain–this would be yet another decision made by the UK that tramples over Scotland.

I know we said we wanted racists and xenophobes to fuck off to their own island, but I didn’t want it to be the British Isles.

Boris Johnson, the supposed public face of Leave, had this to say:

But Boris Johnson, the ex-London mayor and public face of Vote Leave who is now a frontrunner to be next prime minister, said there was “no need for haste” about severing the UK’s ties.

He said voters had “searched in their hearts” and the UK now had a “glorious opportunity” to pass its own laws, set its own taxes and control its own borders.

Hear that dog whistle? I do. Oh, here’s another one:

Mr Farage – who has campaigned for the past 20 years for Britain to leave the EU – told cheering supporters “this will be a victory for ordinary people, for decent people“.

He couldn’t possibly mean white Brits. Not Farage, that beacon of reasonable fascist “nationalist” thought.

I don’t like where this is going.



  1. says

    South Korea is effectively an island, separated from the mainland by a starvation republic (rather than a banana republic). Going from South Korea to anywhere means either by plane, by ship, or making deals with an evil regime to travel through by rail.

    I’m sure Scotland is starting to feel the same way.

  2. sandykat says

    The only good part of this is the slimy David Cameron resigning. Sadly, that leaves the even slimier Johnson and Farage with more influence.