Britain has voted to leave the European Union.
Just a few hours ago, the prospect of writing that sentence in earnest seemed remote. The opinion polls were showing a narrow Remain win; the markets had indicated that the status quo would prevail; and, inexplicably, Nigel Farage had conceded as soon as the voting stopped. But then something odd happened: Just as in Britain’s recent general election, the results and the predictions began to diverge. Immediately, there were signs that the Leave side was over-performing and the Remain side was falling short. Rumors of panic began to surface. The pound dropped dramatically. And the votes kept coming in. And in. And in.
Britain has voted to leave the European Union. Now the hard work begins.